NASCAR suspends Bayley Currey for failed drug test

Bayley Currey has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR due to a violation of the substance abuse policy.

Currey was scheduled to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol for Rick Ware Racing but will not be eligible to race until he completes the Road to Recovery program. Currey has informed NASCAR that he will do so.  

In a statement issued by RWR, Currey explained that he failed a drug test administered last week at Michigan International Speedway. Currey said an ingredient in his pre-workout supplement is on the sanctioning body’s banned substance list.

“This weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR informed me that I failed a random drug test administered last week. I spoke with NASCAR’s Doctor where he explained that I had DMHA (2-Amino-5-methylhexane) in my system. I take a pre-workout supplement, Juggernaut Irate, and this ingredient is indeed in the supplement. I was obviously not aware that I was violating NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy. I have immediately asked NASCAR to enter me into the Road to Recovery Program where I will gain more knowledge about such banned supplements and I will fully cooperate with NASCAR’s direction and advice.

“I have worked very hard for a lifetime to reach this level and I am eternally grateful to be afforded the privilege to compete in the sport that I love. I want to publicly apologize to my owners, Rick and Lisa Ware, all the employees of Rick Ware Racing, my sponsors, NASCAR, and most importantly the fans. My lack of knowledge is no excuse for this to happen. I will expediently complete the process and I will strive to have my suspension lifted as soon as possible.”

Currey was set to drive the No. 52 RWR Chevrolet in Saturday night’s Bristol Night Race. He has made nine Cup Series appearances for RWR this year. He has also made nine Xfinity and three Truck Series starts.

In the statement, the team said it stands by NASCAR decision but will also stand with its driver as he goes through the corresponding process.

“We believe that Bayley Currey has made an honest mistake, by not checking his pre-workout supplements for ingredients that are not allowed through the NASCAR systems. As an organization, we stand behind Bayley’s Road to Recovery journey, and will always have a place for him within our organization.”

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