Aaron Fike

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Aaron Fike
Born (1982-11-24) November 24, 1982 (age 37)
Galesburg, Illinois
Awards2002, 2003 United States Auto Club National Midget Driver of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
52 races run over 3 years
Best finish28th (2005)
First race2004 Goody's Headache Powder 200 (Rockingham)
Last race2006 New England 200 (New Hampshire)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career
12 races run over 1 year
Best finish25th (2007)
First race2007 Chevy Silverado HD 250 (Daytona)
Last race2007 O'Reilly 200 (Memphis)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 0
Statistics current as of August 21, 2012.

Aaron Fike (born November 24, 1982) is an American racing driver, a former competitor in NASCAR and USAC. The younger brother of A. J. Fike, he was suspended from NASCAR competition from 2007 to 2012 due to a drug-related arrest.

USAC career[edit]

Fike began racing in 2001 in the USAC Silver Crown Series, where he became the youngest driver to win a Silver Crown race (breaking Jeff Gordon's record). He finished tenth in points, earning him the Rookie of the Year award.

In 2002, he won seven midget feature races in addition to winning the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association championship. [1] He also won a race in the IRL Infiniti Pro Series.

In 2003, Fike won the World Championship Midget Feature in Auckland, New Zealand, and the USAC Night Before the 500 race.

NASCAR career[edit]

Fike made his stock car debut in an ARCA RE/MAX Series race at South Boston Speedway, where he finished 9th.

He began racing part-time in the Busch Series in 2004 in the #43 Curb Agajanian Performance Group car, and for GIC-Mixon Motorsports. His best finish that year came at the Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger, where he finished 17th.

For 2005, Fike signed a driver development contract with Brewco Motorsports, and split time in their #66 Duraflame Ford Taurus with Greg Biffle. He recorded his first top-ten finish at the Salute to the Troops 250 Presented by Dodge, where he finished eighth. He also ran 17 races with the #43, his best finish in that car being a 14th at Homestead. At the end of the year, he was released from his contract at Brewco.

He started 2006 driving the #43 for Curb, but soon signed with Kevin Harvick Incorporated for a limited schedule. He was released after two races.

Fike drove for Red Horse Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2007, where he had four top-ten finishes. He was arrested in the parking lot of Kings Island in July 2007, and subsequently suspended by NASCAR and released from his contract.[1]

Legal troubles[edit]

On July 7, 2007, Fike and his long-time girlfriend and fiancee, Red Horse crew member Cassandra "Casi" Davidson, were arrested in the parking lot of Kings Island in Mason, Ohio.[2] Fike attempted to evade police when asked to exit his truck, striking an officer with the mirror of the vehicle; upon being stopped and searched, syringes containing brown liquid, which Fike admitted were heroin, were found within the vehicle. Davidson stated that the heroin was used by both her and Fike. Both were arrested on charges of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

On July 11, 2007 Fike (as well as Davidson) was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for violating Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2007 NASCAR Rule Book. Red Horse Racing released Fike from his contract the following day. On August 29, the misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments charge was dropped by prosecutors.[3]

Though he initially pleaded not guilty, in November 2007, Fike plead guilty to possession of a drug abuse instrument and a reduced charge of attempted possession of heroin, both misdemeanors. He admitted that he'd spent 4 months in treatment for the addiction, and publicly stated that the habit almost killed him at least once. He was sentenced to two years of probation after agreeing to establish a non-profit anti-drug group, Racing Against Drugs.[4]

In an April 2008 interview for ESPN, Fike admitted to years of painkiller abuse, as well as heroin use on race days.[5]

2008 midget car

Fike returned to racing midget cars at Angell Park Speedway and the USAC national tour after his NASCAR suspension; he was tested upon arrival at the track for every race.[5]

Fike was reinstated by NASCAR on August 21, 2012, upon his successful completion of NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program.[6]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Busch Series[edit]

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NBSC Pts Ref
2004 Curb Racing 43 Dodge DAY CAR
35
LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH
39
TAL CAL GTY RCH NZH
30
CLT DOV IRP
23
MCH BRI CAL RCH
43
DOV
17
KAN
39
CLT
33
MEM
35
ATL PHO
34
DAR
42
HOM
33
46th 802 [7]
GIC–Mixon Motorsports 24 Chevy NSH
36
KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR
2005 Curb Racing 43 Dodge DAY CAL MXC LVS
27
ATL
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
PHO TAL
22
DAR DAY
38
CHI
42
MCH
34
BRI CAL
37
TEX
29
27th 2010 [8]
Brewco Motorsports 66 Ford NSH
35
BRI NSH
38
MLW
20
PPR
8
GTY
31
IRP
19
GLN MEM
35
Curb Racing 43 Ford RCH
30
CLT DOV
26
KEN
18
NHA
24
RCH
23
DOV
23
KAN
26
CLT
14
PHO
20
HOM
16
2006 Dodge DAY
43
CAL
36
MXC
28
LVS
40
ATL
26
BRI
18
TEX
31
NSH
15
PHO
31
TAL
23
RCH
35
DAR
43
CLT
DNQ
DOV 43rd 1004 [9]
Kevin Harvick Incorporated 33 Chevy NSH
42
KEN
31
MLW DAY CHI NHA
30
MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTSC Pts Ref
2007 Red Horse Racing 1 Toyota DAY
16
CAL
18
ATL
12
MAR
7
KAN
8
CLT
14
MFD
24
DOV
10
TEX
11
MCH
17
MLW
21
MEM
5
KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 25th 1487 [10]

Busch East Series[edit]

NASCAR Busch East Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 NBESC Pts Ref
2006 Pritchard Motorsports 41 Chevy GRE STA HOL TMP ERI NHA
29
ADI WFD NHA DOV LRP 65th 76 [11]

ARCA Re/Max Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ARSC Pts Ref
2003 Ray Montgomery Racing 27 Dodge DAY ATL NSH SLM TOL KEN CLT BLN KAN MCH LER POC POC NSH ISF WIN DSF CHI SLM TAL CLT
16
SBO
9
54th 585 [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nascar.com/2007/news/headlines/truck/11/28/bc.car.fike.heroin/index.html
  2. ^ NASCAR Driver Arrested At Kings Island - Cincinnati breaking news, weather radar, traffic from 9News | Channel 9 WCPO.com Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Register-Mail.com - Galesburg Register-Mail Online Archived April 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ The Enquirer - NASCAR'S Fike gets plea deal
  5. ^ a b http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/truck/news/story?id=3336865 ESPN - Former truck racer Fike admits using heroin on race days
  6. ^ "NASCAR reinstates Fike, 5 years after suspension". Yahoo! Sports. August 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  7. ^ "Aaron Fike – 2004 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  8. ^ "Aaron Fike – 2005 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  9. ^ "Aaron Fike – 2006 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  10. ^ "Aaron Fike – 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  11. ^ "Aaron Fike – 2006 NASCAR Busch East Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  12. ^ "Aaron Fike – 2003 ARCA Re/Max Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 24, 2020.

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