Ex-NASCAR racer Tyler Walker pleads guilty to multiple felonies, misdemeanors

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Former NASCAR and World of Outlaws racer Tyler Walker, who led police on a high-speed chase through three states in January 2013, has pleaded guilty to two felony charges and three misdemeanors as part of a deal.

Today in a St. George, Utah court, the 35-year-old Walker pleaded guilty to felony counts of failure to stop for an officer and possession of a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of impaired driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, and having an open container of alcohol in the car.

The Spectrum notes that Walker appeared in court with a much different look compared to how he appeared in his mug shot on the day of his arrest (pictured, right).

In the latter, Walker wore dreadlocks, a goatee, and a untucked shirt. But today in court, Walker was clean-shaven with a short-cropped haircut and wore a black suit.

Walker has been undergoing treatment for alcohol and drug issues. The Associated Press’ report on today’s proceedings also mentions a disclosure from Walker’s attorney, Trevor Terry, that Walker is receiving treatment for some brain damage sustained in crashes from his racing career, which may have helped contribute to his problems.

”He’s not saying that meth use is an acceptable way to cope with that, but that’s what happened,” Terry said to the AP.

All in all, Walker believes he feels a lot better now than he did when he took cops on his infamous chase.

“I just want to thank everybody who helped me out … and also apologize to … everybody who was on the road,” he said per The Spectrum. “And just let everybody know I’m doing everything I can to … be healthy so this never happens again.”

Sentencing for Walker is scheduled for Feb. 23, 2015. Terry believes that Walker will likely receive probation.

Walker has competed in 28 NASCAR events but was suspended from the racing league in 2007 for violation of its drug policy.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.