Being suspended from NASCAR apparently doesn’t shape up everyone like it did to A.J. Allmendinger and Aaron Fike. Allmendinger was suspended for just a few months while Fike was suspended for five years before being reinstated late in 2012. However, the system wasn’t able to work its magic for another troubled soul.
Tyle Walker, who made his ARCA Series debut in 1999 with Tim Beverly before making the move to NASCAR in 2003 is in trouble once again. Walker was suspended by the sanctioning body during the 2007, which was supposed to be his breakout year with Bill Davis Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He was suspended for violating NASCAR’s drug policy which took place on May 29 of that season.
“Tyler Walker, a driver in the Craftsman Truck Series, has been suspended from competition indefinitely by NASCAR, for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. On May 18, Walker was found to have violated Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4-E (failure to comply with the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the series rule book,” as stated within a NASCAR press release from the time Walker was suspended.
Ever since that time, Walker hasn’t appeared any where near a NASCAR track and has basically lost contact with the sport as he was never reinstated. He is known for his time with Akins Motorsports where he drove the No. 38 Nationwide Series car in 2005 for 16 races with a best finish of 14th at Charlotte in May of that season. He also had a top-10 finish just two weeks before what would eventually be his final start in NASCAR competition at the Martinsville Speedway where he finished eighth.
Walker was arrested for a high speed chase through Nevada, Arizona and Utah before eventually being caught after police put down spike strips which stopped his 2007 BMW. Apparently, the former driver attempted to make a run for it once his car came to a stop. Maybe he was trying to be like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights or something.
It looks like he’ll be spending quite some time in custody after having seven charges pressed against him including DUI, as well as being in the possession of several narcotics with several other charges. His bail is set at $18,020 and will probably not meet bail considering no one knows what he’s been up to since he was suspended from NASCAR.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.