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Published on April 11th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple


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 Aaron Fikesold 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!

Aaron FikesESPN 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.

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About the Author

I'm Ron Ripple, Featured in Forbes Magazine as NASCAR's Biggest Fan, I'm 3 time Junior Mr Olympia. When I'm not drinking beer and watching NASCAR, you can find me in the local gym doing squats. Let's go racing!

4 Responses to Former Truck Series Heroin Addict Admission.

  1. ryan says:

    Ive heard of taking steroids to get an advantage but heroin. Thats a new one for me. I believe that what you do on your off time is your time but when it comes to drug use, thats unacceptable. I feel that Fikes should be stripped of the points he earned during the races that he was high and be suspended indefinately.

  2. Jolene says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more! I have zero respect and zero tolerance for drugs. And I think all around drug testing is a great idea!
    Up here many employers make their employees take drug tests, just for a regular job, so for the privilege of something as great as being part of Nascar I absolutely think there should be drug testing.

  3. degree says:

    Why is it that most people who have everything they could ever wish for take up drugs?

  4. think says:

    Judge not lest you be judged. I hope Aaron gets his life back. Addiction is everywhere. Herion is an opiate. Pain pills are opiates. They are one in the same. Yet it is ok for a person to drive next to you while on a prescribed pain killer. If they are in an accident often this is not questioned because it was doctor prescribed. At pain clinics all across the country these pain killers are prescribed by certified doctors who care more about their income than their patients. These doctors certainly don’t think about you and their patient out on the road together. Aaron made a bad mistake that you all seem to think could never happen to you or your family members. Maybe you will be more thoughtful and caring if it does. P.S. Wear your safety belt when you are racing out on the highway and remember what I said. To Aaron, may god be with you through your recovery.

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