Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Aaron Fike has been reinstated by NASCAR, after successful completion of the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program.
Fike was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR on July 11, 2007, shortly after he and then-fiancé Cassandra Davidson were arrested on charges for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia in the parking lot of the Kings Island amusement park in Ohio. Police said Kings Island authorities reported suspicious activity inside Fike's SUV, and when a park security officer approached the vehicle, he was struck by the vehicle’s side mirror as Fike attempted to flee. A search of the SUV revealed heroin, syringes and spoons containing drug residue.
Now clean for more than three years, Fike applied for reinstatement to NASCAR recently, though he has no immediate plans to attempt a return to competition.
"This was something a few years ago that was unfathomable," said Fike to NASCAR.com this week. "For (NASCAR) to give me the opportunity to even consider reinstating me, let alone actually reinstate me, it's a huge blessing. I don't know what else to call it."