Matt Borland, crew chief for Ty Dillon’s Cup Series No. 13 Chevrolet, has been suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy, Germain Racing announced Monday morning and NASCAR confirmed shortly after.
Borland, who described the situation as “a surprise,” said in a statement released by the team that he was notified last weekend of a positive test for the banned stimulant methylhexanamine, commonly known as DMAA.
Team owner Bob Germain Jr. and Borland said a derivative of the substance, marketed as an energy-boosting dietary supplement or weight-loss aid, was an ingredient in what they described as “a diet coffee” that Borland had been consuming regularly for the last 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,” Borland said in a statement. “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.
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