Published on April 11th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple4
Former Truck Series Heroin Addict Admission.
It was less than a year ago when top ten NASCAR truck series driver Aaron Fikes (and fiancee) would be arrested for shooting up heroin in an amusement park. Let’s just say the security guards and police were not amused! The park security thought something fishy was going on when a black sheet was preventing them from seeing into the back seat of Fikes’ Toyota SUV. At first Fikes tried to flee but fortunately was unable to. The young 25 year old Fikes had nothing but great things coming to him. He had a beautiful wife, top 10 in overall standings, he had just finished 5th in the O’Reilly 200… what could go wrong? An 8 month heroin addiction took over his life!
ESPN recently had an interview with Aaron Fikes to get a better understanding of what he was going through. In the interview, fikes goes on to state he used herion prior to racing on some occassions. His career best of 5th was while he was on heroin. He of course goes onto state that NASCAR needs better drug testing policies and he’s greatful he was arrested back in 2007.
I find it hard to believe his crew and friends weren’t aware of his addiction. Maybe they were just blinded by his high finishes and didn’t want to rat on him. How could you not see his mental functioning becoming clouded due to the depression of the central nervous system. Other effects included slowed and slurred speech, slow gait, constricted pupils, droopy eyelids, impaired night vision, vomiting, constipation. I mean come on! People like this piss me off. If I had the shot at getting in one of those speed machines and racing against the top drivers in the world, there’s no way you’d see me screw things up. I’d be asleep early and making sure I eat my wheaties in the morning.
I think NASCAR should definitely step up it’s game when it comes to drug testing and not only test those under suspicion but all racers. What are your thoughts? Maybe someone could tell me what’s so great about taking heroin or shooting it up or whatever you do with it. I’m a beer drinker at heart and never have and never will do drugs.