NASCAR has reinstated Aaron Fike on Aug. 21 after he spent five years recovering from a heroin addiction. The former Camping World Truck Series driver successfully finished NASCAR's Road to Recovery program. The news of this reinstatement has created comparisons to A.J. Allmendinger's current situation.
Aaron Fike's History
NASCAR suspended Aaron Fike in 2007 following his arrest for using heroin, and Cassandra Davidson, Fike's fiancee, was also arrested. Although NASCAR cited its drug policy in the announcement, the driver was never caught through a random drug test. The policy was later changed to include random tests instead of relying on arrest reports or suspicious behavior.
Fike has admitted that he has been clean for the last two years. During his five year absence, he has entered rehabilitation programs and received a plea deal that allowed him to avoid jail. Aaron Fike created "Racing Against Drugs," a nonprofit organization, as part of his plea bargain.
Aaron Fike is Reinstated
NASCAR has officially reinstated Fike because he has finished the Road to Recovery program. Although the announcement means he will be allowed to race, there has been no confirmation of his future plans. Fike does not appear to have a ride or sponsor at this point. However, the reinstatement has been one of his goals since 2007 and motivated him to get help.
Comparisons to A.J. Allmendinger
The Aug. 21 statement from NASCAR about Aaron Fike has led many fans to compare the driver to A.J. Allmendinger who has been suspended for testing positive for an amphetamine. Allmendinger is currently in NASCAR's Road to Recovery program and has explained that the positive drug test was caused by Adderall. His claims have been refuted by an unnamed source cited by ESPN.
A.J. Allmendinger has mentioned that he plans to complete NASCAR's Road to Recovery program at the end of Aug. 2012. There have been multiple reports that have countered his statement, and Aaron Fike's experience with the program is another example. Fike spent several years in rehab before entering the Road to Recovery program and took a year to successfully finish it. Allmendinger may not be able to complete the program as quickly as he claims.
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