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NASCAR reinstates Tyler Dippel after charge dropped

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Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Tyler Dippel said in a statement on Facebook that the charge against him of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree was dropped in a court appearance Wednesday morning in Middletown, New York.

Christopher Borek, the chief assistant district attorney of Orange County, confirmed to NBC Sports on Wednesday that the charge had been dropped.

Dippel, who was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR last week, was arrested and charged with the Class A misdemeanor Aug. 18 after being pulled over by New York State Police in his hometown of Wallkill. He was charged after a New York State Police officer found a bottle of prescription medication in a backpack that wasn’t prescribed to Dippel or his passenger.

Dippel, 19, said in his statement that at his court appearance, he “presented proof that the prescription was not mine and the person that the prescription belonged to accepted responsibility for leaving them in my vehicle.”

Borek confirmed his office received a sworn affidavit from the person the medications were prescribed claiming that the backpack had accidentally been left in the back of Dippel’s truck and Dippel had no knowledge it was there. Borek also confirmed that Dippel’s defense attorney provided a certified blood test showing Dippel had not taken the medication.

A NASCAR spokesperson confirmed to NBC Sports that Dippel has been reinstated.

On Tuesday, a New York State Police spokesperson confirmed a report by Fox Sports that Dippel had been pulled over for exceeding 80 mph in a 65 mph area. Dippel said in his statement he had been driving home from the Orange County Fair Speedway when “I was pulled-over for changing lanes without proper signal.”

Borek confirmed Dippel pled guilty to the charge of failure to stay in his lane and that covered the speeding charge. Dippel will have to pay a fine and points will be applied to his drivers license. Dippel’s attorney, James Monroe, told NBC Sports Dippel paid a fine of $150 plus a $93 surcharge.

The New York State Police spokesperson confirmed that when questioned by Troopers, Dippel and his passenger had conflicting stories about where they were traveling to and from after being stopped. Dippel consented to a vehicle search.

According to the New York State Police spokesperson, Troopers found a pill bottle of Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine in the backpack and that the bottle was prescribed to someone else.

“Because it was in my vehicle, I was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance,” Dippel said in his statement. “I contacted NASCAR within hours to inform them of the situation. Due to the NASCAR rule book and code of conduct, they ruled to suspend me indefinitely. I respect their decision.”

Continued Dippel: “I along with my team will work closely with NASCAR to hopefully be reinstated so I can be back in the Young’s Motorsports No. 02 Chevrolet. I take full responsibility for my actions.”

Due to his suspension, Dippel missed Sunday’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Young’s Motorsports replaced him with DJ Kennington, who finished 15th. The next Truck race is scheduled for Sept. 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

Truck Series driver Tyler Dippel charged with criminal possession of controlled substance

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Tyler Dippel, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver suspended indefinitely by NASCAR last week, was charged by New York State Police on Aug. 18 with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree in his hometown of Wallkill, New York, NBC Sports has confirmed.

Fox Sports first reported the charge.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance is a class A misdemeanor. The seventh degree is the lowest level offense for that charge.

According to New York state law, if convicted, Dippel could face a maximum of one year in jail or three years probation. In addition, a fine of up to $1,000 or twice the amount of the individual’s gain from the crime may be imposed.

Dippel’s court date is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Wallkill Court in Middletown, New York.

The spokesperson confirmed that Dippel, 19, was pulled over in a Ford F-150 truck after he was caught driving more than 80 mph in a 65 mph zone.

According to the spokesperson, when Troopers questioned Dippel and the person he was traveling with, they had conflicting stories about where they were traveling to and from.

The spokesperson said Dippel gave permission for Troopers to search his vehicle. The spokesperson said that in the search, Troopers found a pill bottle of Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine in a backpack. The bottle was prescribed to someone else. The Trooper spokesperson could not say who it was prescribed to or how many pills were in the bottle.

NASCAR announced its suspension of Dippel last Friday before the race weekend in Canada. He was suspended for violating Section 12.1 of the NASCAR rule book for actions detrimental to stock car racing, including a violation of the sport’s code of conduct.

Dippel drove for Young’s Motorsports in the first 17 races of the year. He was replaced in Sunday’s race by D.J. Kennington, who finished 15th.

Tyler Dippel suspended indefinitely by NASCAR

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Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Tyler Dippel has been suspended indefinitely for violating Section 12.1 of the NASCAR rule book for actions detrimental to stock car racing, including a violation of the sport’s code of conduct, a NASCAR spokesperson confirmed. No other details were given.

The suspension comes with the series competing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend, where Dippel was set to drive Young’s Motorsports’ No. 02 Chevrolet. He has been replaced in the truck by D.J. Kennington.

Dippel, 19, was in his first full-time season in the Truck Series and was 13th in points, having failed to make the playoffs. He had one top five and three top 10s this season.

Young’s Motorsports issued the below statement in the wake of the suspension.

Darrell Wallace Jr. to make his first Truck start of 2018 at Kansas

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Darrell Wallace Jr. will make his first Camping World Truck Series start of 2018 Friday at Kansas Speedway in the 37 Kind Days 250. He will drive the No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado.

It will mark only his second start in a Truck since he raced full-time in the series in 2014.

Wallace made one start last year at Michigan International Speedway racing the No. 99 Miller Brothers Chevrolet. He won the LTi Printing 200 after starting ninth. He also won in the 2014 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, so he has the opportunity to win in three consecutive starts.

“I always enjoy racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and am thankful for this opportunity with Young’s Motorsports,” said Wallace in a press release. “Kansas is a fast and fun track and I am ready to put our Andy’s Frozen Custard Chevy to the test.”

In two previous starts at Kansas in the Truck series, Wallace finished seventh in 2013 and 15th in 2014.

Wallace currently sits 22nd in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series with two top 10s.

Dominique Van Wieringen set for Truck Series debut at Phoenix

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Dominique Van Wieringen will make her Camping World Truck Series debut at Phoenix International Raceway Friday night.

Rette Jones Racing, who Van Wieringen competed for in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this year, has formed a technical alliance with Young’s Motorsports for Van Wieringen to drive the No. 02.

Van Wieringen earned five top-10 finishes in 14 starts in the K&N East Series, which was her rookie year. She finished ninth in the overall points and became the first female competitor to earn three consecutive top-five finishes in addition to being the highest leading female in the series with 140 laps led.

“I’m very humbled by this opportunity to make my Truck Series debut at Phoenix,” Van Wieringen said in a team release. “We’ve been working hard on this project since the checkered flag flew at Dover in October (for the K&N Series) and I’m excited to go to Phoenix and see what we can do.”

The No. 02 has been driven by five different drivers this season. Tyler Young, the team’s primary driver, earned a season-best sixth-place finish at Daytona in February.

Friday will be the first time Van Wieringen has competed at Phoenix.

“I know Phoenix is going to be a completely different atmosphere for me, but I’m surrounded with a lot of great people who will help me with my learning curve,” Van Wieringen said. “Mark (Rette), my Rette Jones Racing guys and of course the help from Tyler (Young) will no doubt be a huge asset for me.

“I’ve never been to Phoenix, so we just have to use practice to the best of our ability and then work on just getting faster and faster from the first practice to the final practice and then qualifying. I’m pretty sure we’re locked into the race – and that’s a big relief, but I want to qualify on time and then just race towards a clean and respectable finish. If we can do that, it will be a great weekend in the desert.”

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