Anyone who knows anything about racing will be able to tell you that NASCAR traces its roots to moonshine bootleggers who needed fast cars to outrun law enforcement while trafficking their illicit intoxicants. The thing is, those days are long behind NASCAR, but someone forgot to tell that to Tyler Walker.

A racing driver with a bit of a drug problem, Walker competed regularly in the World of Outlaws dirt-track racing series and in several Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races. In May 2007 he was suspended by NASCAR for violating its substance abuse policy, but things really came to a head on January 30, 2013, when he was clocked by a highway patrol officer driving 150 miles per hour. He then lead police on a high-speed freeway chase from Nevada into Utah and then Arizona, evading numerous blockades before finally being apprehended. The arresting officers reportedly found all manner of narcotics, paraphernalia and alcohol in Walker's car.

That was almost two years ago now, but Walker's finally had his day in court. And with such damning evidence against him, he reportedly plead guilty to a long string of charges, including felonies like failing to stop for a police officer and possession of a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Just what will become of the 35-year-old former racing driver remains to be seen, but it's pretty safe to say that his racing career has hit a brick wall. Beyond that, we'll find out in February when sentencing is scheduled to be carried out.


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