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Matt Borland Suspended By NASCAR After Failed Drug Test

Germain Racing crew chief Matt Borland has been suspended by NASCAR due to a failure of a random drug test, the team announced Monday, Aug. 26.

In a team release, Borland said the failed test was a result of drinking diet coffee, which features DMAA.

“This past weekend I was informed by a NASCAR doctor that I had DMAA (2-amino-5-methylhexanamine) in my system,” Borland said in a statement. “After the surprise of this and not even knowing what that was, I asked if it could have come from a diet coffee I have been drinking for the past six months. I gave the doctor all of the details of the coffee and ingredients, and after he researched it, he said he thought that this was the cause.

“Even after doing my due diligence, I felt comfortable in drinking the coffee. I plan to work with NASCAR to figure out what exactly has happened and resolve this issue as quickly as we can. I will cooperate with them and do whatever is requested of me to make this situation right. I have worked in the NASCAR garage for 20 years now, and have never been a part of anything like this in my life. I take full responsibility for this incident and want to get it taken care of completely.”

“Matt Borland has informed me that he was notified by NASCAR that a random urinalysis showed a substance, DMAA (2-amino-5-methylhexanamine) that is impermissible under the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy,” team owner Bob Germain added. “We reviewed the ingredients label on a coffee product that Matt had been drinking and it includes DMHA (2-amino-5-methylheptane), a derivative of DMAA.”

“Based upon the ingredients label we do not believe that Matt had reason to know that the coffee contained a banned substance. However, we also understand and respect NASCAR’s decisions to strictly uphold their policies for each and every owner, driver and crew member in the garage. As an organization, we stand behind Matt. He has been and remains an integral part of our race team and we look forward to his return to the garage and pit box.”

Borland, who has been on the box for Ty Dillon this season, will be replaced on an interim basis by Justin Alexander.

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If these facts are accurate this is ridiculous. A drug testing policy is a positive thing as long as it is utilized with a level of common sense and discretion. In this particular case it would
Appear there are no dangers to anyone and certainly no reason for suspensions or a “Road To Recovery Program”.

Bill B

I thought the same thing. The drug suspensions are starting to look like the loose tire penalties did before they changed the rule a few weeks ago… goofy.
I guess everyone should get NASCAR to pre-approve everything they eat and drink before they do.


One can only hope there are no such chemicals in certain Energy Drinks and Shots promoted by involvement in the series. Sheesh, Matt Borland is so square that any suspension is ridiculous once the seemingly innocuous source was determined. The same with Bayley Currey’s situation. Dippel on the other hand seems to be something else, not drug test related but involving a mistake in conduct…


Seems at first glance like the stories you hear of 5 year olds being suspended from school because a parent mistakenly packed a plastic knife in their lunchbox, violating the school’s “zero tolerance” policy.


Flucking NASCAR. MATT BORLAND? Come on……this is so stupid!

John W.

What exactly is diet coffee anyway? My coffee already has no calories. :)


i wondered the same thing when i read that yesterday.


good job nascar! keep hunting those witches because your product is healthy, improving and the organization just keeps gaining credibility.
way to focus!

Tom B

NASCAR’S enforcement of their drug policy does remind me of those women on trial in Salem. I like how they say every owner, driver, crew member in the garage, but not management who actually makes policy.


waiting for the first one to be suspended for drinking diet water….

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