Report: Plea deal delayed again for ex-NASCAR driver Tyler Walker in 150-mph, 3-state police chase


After 10 delays to resolve the most serious charges against him stemming from a three-state police chase that reached speeds as high as 150-mph, will the 11th time finally be the charm for former NASCAR and World of Outlaws racer Tyler Walker?

Walker, his attorney and prosecutors have tried 10 different times to hammer out a plea deal on a number of charges stemming from a police chase in January 2013 that began in Nevada, crossed into Arizona and ultimately ended in Utah.

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The chase was befitting of a NASCAR race in a sense, as Walker’s BMW was reportedly caught on radar of reaching 150 mph at one point.

Walker, of Hermosa Beach, California, was originally charged with three felonies and five misdemeanors for the Utah part of the chase alone, where the pursuit finally ended on the outskirts of the town of St. George.

According to the St. George (Utah) Spectrum, the 35-year-old Walker – whose legal name is Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker – was slated to enter a plea by mail to Utah officials by Tuesday.

But on Sept. 30, according to the Spectrum report, prosecutors asked to delay entry of the plea agreement because they had learned Walker may have been arrested again in California.

However, Deputy County Attorney Rachelle Shumway told the newspaper that she has been unable to get information from police in California about the alleged new charges against Walker.

As a result, Shumway’s office asked for another delay in the plea agreement so that it can be amended and given to Walker. Terms of the agreement, which have not been disclosed, have reportedly been approved by both prosecutors and Walker’s defense team.

If there are no further delays, Walker will reportedly sign the plea agreement, according to defense attorney Trevor Terry, with resolution of the case finally set for Nov. 18.

Walker’s passenger during the chase, Raelle Hahn McDonald, has already been sentenced to probation. Upon searching the Walker’s vehicle, officers reportedly found open containers of vodka, as well as methamphetamine and marijuana, according to initial reports.

Walker reportedly is undergoing treatment for substance abuse in California, according to the Spectrum.

When arrested, Walker and McDonald — who police reports said were both under the influence — reportedly told officers they did not pull over because they believed pursuing officers were actually providing them a police escort to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In January, as part of the charges against him in Arizona, he was convicted of endangerment and sentenced to one year of supervised probation but no jail time. It’s unclear what the disposition of charges against Walker has been in Nevada.

NASCAR suspended Walker indefinitely in 2007 for violations of the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. He has never been reinstated.

Walker would then go on to race in other series, particularly in the WoO.

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Supercross reveals 2023 Daytona track designed by Ricky Carmichael for 16th time


For the 16th consecutive year, Ricky Carmichael has designed a signature course for the Daytona Supercross race, which will be March 4, 2023.

Eli Tomac took advantage of a last lap mistake by Cooper Webb last year to win a record setting sixth Daytona race – and with that win, he broke out of a tie Carmichael.

Construction on the course will begin two days after the completion of the 65th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 when haulers start to unload 7,200 tons of dirt onto the grassy infield in order to create a course 3,300 feet long.

“Ricky has designed yet another incredible course for this year’s Daytona Supercross,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher in a press release. “We’re thrilled to unveil it to the fans, and we can’t wait for them to come out to the track and see it in person.”

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Carmichael’s Daytona course will take center stage for Round 8 of the 17-race Supercross season and the 31-race SuperMotocross season.

The Supercross race coincides with Daytona’s Bike Week, which runs from March 3-12 and includes races from the American Flat Track series and the legendary Daytona 200 speedway race that is contested on the infield road course.

Last year’s course was reported to have 57 obstacles including the return of an over-under bridge. For 2023 the number of obstacles listed in 42, but that will not keep this from being one of the toughest tracks on which the Monster Energy Supercross series will race.

Many of the same elements from last year will be present including sharp turns, vaulted jumps, sand sections and a finish line that aligns with the oval tracks’ start/finish line.

“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best,” Carmichael said. “It races great for the riders – it’s safe yet challenging and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes. Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win.

“This track is going to produce great racing and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”

While Tomac has dominated this race during his career, Daytona has also been the site of some other dramatic victories. In 2021 Aaron Plessinger scored his first career Supercross podium in 35 starts with a win there and reversed a three-year streak of bad luck on the track.

The Daytona Supercross race is the first of two the series will contest on speedway infield courses. A little more than one month later, Atlanta Motor Speedway will enter their third season as a supercross venue. These two courses will serve as an early test for the SuperMotocross three-race finale that begins September 9, 2023 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The three playoff races will each be held on courses that contain elements of Supercross and Motocross, much like Daytona and Atlanta.