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Tyler Dippel Charged With Possession of Controlled Substance

Tyler Dippel has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in New York state, which led to his indefinite suspension last weekend by NASCAR.

FOX Sports reporters Alan Cavanna and Bob Pockrass collaborated and tweeted details of the reasoning for his suspension on Monday, Aug. 26.

According to police (via FOX Sports), Dippel was caught speeding in Wallkill, N.Y., which is the driver’s hometown, on Aug. 18. When Dippel’s vehicle was searched by police following the stop, state police found amphetamine and dextroamphetamine in a pill bottle that was prescribed to someone other than Dippel and his passenger.

According to FOX Sports, Dippel has a court date in Middletown, N.Y., set for Wednesday, Aug. 28.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” Young’s Motorsports, Dippel’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series owner, told FOX Sports in a statement. “We continue to support Tyler and cooperate with authorities and NASCAR.”

FOX Sports also confirmed that Dippel was previously charged with a misdemeanor of reckless driving in Virginia earlier this March.

NASCAR suspended Dippel on Aug. 23, with the reason given for the suspension given as “actions detrimental to stock car racing” and “a violation of the sport’s code of conduct.”

DJ Kennington was the replacement driver of the No. 02 Chevrolet at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Young’s Motorsports has not, however announced a replacement driver for the remaining races of this Truck Series season, should Dippel be unable to compete.

Dippel is in his rookie season in the Truck Series. He has one top-five finish, three top 10s finishes and is currently 13th in the championship standings.

About the author

Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.

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