Watch former NASCAR, World of Outlaws driver Tyler Walker’s police chase, arrest (VIDEO)

1 Comment

It’s fairly safe to say NASCAR won’t be reinstating former driver Tyler Walker any time soon – especially after seeing the video below that wouldn’t make a NASCAR highlights show, but would certainly qualify for World’s Wildest Police Videos.

On the flip side, Walker, 34, in a way lives up to being a driver in a series known as the World of Outlaws.

In a story on Wednesday, AutoWeek.com reported it had to file a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain just-released video from the Utah Highway Patrol of a Jan. 30, 2013 chase that showed police from three states pursuing Walker for 1 1/2 hours before he was finally stopped and apprehended.

Walker was suspended by NASCAR for violating its substance abuse policy in May 2007 and has never been reinstated.

But that’s nowhere near the three felony and five misdemeanor charges Walker is facing as a result of his run-in with the law, including evading, possession of amphetamines, marijuana and narcotic equipment, as well as driving under the influence of drugs, open container and drinking in a public place and a liquor license violations.

Also arrested was his passenger, Raelle Hann McDonald, 30.

Walker originally pleaded not guilty to all charges on July 16, 2013, and after continuances, is expected to finally go to trial later this month, according to AutoWeek.com.

The video has been edited down to just under 11 minutes and shows highlights of police chasing Walker’s 2007 BMW, a state trooper pouring out vodka found in Walker’s car, being read his rights and having handcuffs placed upon him.

Walker is more well known for his racing prowess in open-wheel and dirt-track racing, particularly in the World of Outlaws, but he did make 28 career starts in NASCAR: 19 in the Nationwide Series between 2004 and 2005 and nine starts in the Busch/Nationwide Series in 2003 and 2007.

His best finish in either series was an eighth-place finish in the 2007 spring trucks race at Martinsville, the only top-10 showing of his abbreviated NASCAR career.

He was suspended by NASCAR shortly after his last start in the trucks race at Charlotte in May 2007.

Follow me @JerryBonkowski

 

Hamilton hails ‘greatest day’ after USGP victory, Mercedes title win

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Lewis Hamilton made no secret of his jubilation after taking a giant step towards his fourth Formula 1 championship win with victory in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix that also saw Mercedes clinch the constructors’ title.

Hamilton recovered from an early pass by F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to take his sixth victory on American soil, five of which have come at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, to extend his lead to 66 points.

With just 75 left on offer this season, Hamilton needs just one top-five finish in the final three races to clinch his fourth world title, with the enormity of the victory not being lost on the Mercedes driver.

“Today has been amazing. It’s been the greatest day,” Hamilton told NBCSN after the race.

“I woke up a bit tired, felt the rain, then was like, ‘What the hell?’ But I didn’t mind. I won here in the rain in the past. Then it dried up, clear blue skies, amazing opening at the beginning of the GP.

“I lost first place into Turn 1. It was OK. That first section, we got through there, and it felt very reminiscent of 2012: ‘Game on. You have to save the tires’, and he wasn’t doing that. I kind of kept my cool.”

“I saw I got a good exit of Turn 1, this was the lap and it was. His tires were dropping off anyway.”

Hamilton’s victory saw Mercedes wrap up its fourth consecutive F1 constructors’ title with three races to spare, with the Briton having played a key part in each of its successes.

“I’m so proud of this team. Big congratulations to the guys, people don’t know the amount of work they do,” Hamilton said.

“It’s over 1,500 people in two factories, so much brainpower and a lot of people to manage to extract the best from each of those.

“To come into a new era of car and perform as we have. There’s been a newfound love within the team. Ferrari, we want to beat them, thrash them.

“So they put more hours of working in to do that. That’s for all their hard work.”