NASCAR Driver Fike And Team Member Suspended Indefinitely

Wednesday, July 11th 2007, 5:54 pm
By: News On 6

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Aaron Fike and his fiancee, Cassandra Davidson, a crew member, were suspended indefinitely Wednesday from NASCAR competition after being arrested over the weekend on drug charges.

NASCAR issued the suspensions under the rule prohibiting actions detrimental to stock car racing.

The two were arrested Saturday in the parking lot of Kings Island amusement park north of Cincinnati after security officers observed suspicious activity in Fike's sport utility vehicle and found syringes and a brown substance believed to be heroin, police

Both were charged with drug abuse, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. They had their initial court appearance Tuesday in Mason, Ohio, Municipal Court.

Fike and Davidson were released after Fike entered a not guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge and agreed to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation, his attorney, Charlie Rittgers, said.

The trial on the misdemeanor charge was scheduled for Aug. 28, and a preliminary hearing on the felony charge was set for July 19, according to the court's Web site, which listed the same court dates for Davidson.

Fike drove the No. 1 Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing and was eighth in the point standings.