Nationwide Series crew member Ryan Hess has been suspended by NASCAR for the second time in 10 months for failing a random drug test, the sanctioning body announced Tuesday.
In a brief statement, NASCAR said:
“Ryan Hess, a crew member in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy.
“On June 14, Hess was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book.”
Hess was first suspended last August 22 for failing a random drug test. He successfully completed NASCAR’s recovery program and was reinstated on December 5. At the time of the first suspension, Hess had been working as a mechanic on the MacDonald Motorsports car driven by Jason Bowles.
NASCAR did not announce which team Hess had been working with this season. With this second failed drug test, it’s uncertain whether he’ll have another opportunity to go through the sanctioning body’s “Road to Recovery” program again.