Just days before the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, rookie Tyler Dippel has been indefinitely suspended by NASCAR. Initially reported by Jim Utter of Motorsport.com, NASCAR officials confirmed the news on Friday evening.
Specifics of his suspension have not been revealed by NASCAR, who simply announced he had violated Section 12.1 of the rulebook, which details driver conduct and “actions detrimental to stock car racing.” The suspension comes just a week after Bayley Currey, who also scored his best Truck finish in the Michigan race, was suspended for failing a drug test.
Dippel, running his first full season in the series with Young’s Motorsports, was thirteenth in points after seventeen races. At the time, he had three top-ten finishes and a best run of third in the regular season finale at Michigan International Speedway. His latest start, the playoff opener at Bristol Motor Speedway, ended in a wreck that placed him in twenty-fourth. He had spent the last three years racing in the K&N Pro Series East, where he finished second in the 2018 standings.
The 19-year-old New York native made his Truck Series début at Eldora Speedway in 2018, where he finished thirteenth with DGR-Crosley. The Mosport race was to be his first Truck event on a road course. He has seven road course starts in the K&N East Series (New Jersey Motorsports Park, Virginia International Raceway, and Watkins Glen International) with a best run of seventh at The Glen in 2016.
UPDATE (25 August): With the Chevrolet Silverado 250 on Sunday, Young’s Motorsports appointed D.J. Kennington as Dippel’s replacement. The Canadian driver would finish fifteenth.
“We understand NASCAR’s position regarding Young’s Motorsports driver Tyler Dippel and accept their decision,” a team statement read. “Our team was notified of the decision on Thursday, August 22. We respect the NASCAR policy as well as the process that NASCAR has gone through for this matter.
“Young’s Motorsports is disappointed with the situation and will evaluate its future course of action in regards to Tyler Dippel. We are finalizing our plans for the race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and will announce those details as soon as they are complete.”
UPDATE (27 August): Dippel’s suspension is reportedly in relation to an arrest in Wallkill, New York for “criminal possession of a controlled substance”, as reported by Fox Sports‘ Alan Cavanna: