Spencer Gallagher Reinstated by NASCAR
NASCAR announced on Wednesday afternoon that Spencer Gallagher has been reinstated and may return to competition.
Following his victory at Talladega Superspeedway, the GMS Racing driver was indefinitely suspended for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy, per section 19 of the NASCAR XFINITY Series rulebook. Gallagher received his reinstatement after completing the Road to Recovery Program.
“I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one time error in judgement will never happen again,” Gallagher said on May 2 in a statement. “I would like to say I am sorry to all of the GMS organization for my actions, especially my team and team owner, who have worked so hard this year and have put faith in me. I also want to apologize to NASCAR, Chevrolet, and my fans for letting them down. I have not upheld the behavior that is expected of me. I promise you all here and right now, I will do whatever it takes to make this right.”
Gallagher will return to the No. 23 Camaro beginning next weekend at Kentucky Speedway. GMS Racing contracted Chase Elliott for this weekend’s race at Daytona International Speedway, as well as Bristol Motor Speedway in August, following the suspension and that agreement is set to remain in place. Elliott, along with Justin Haley, Johnny Sauter, and Alex Bowman have driven the car in his absence.
Prior to his suspension, Gallagher had scored two top-fives and five top-10’s. Although the win would have put Gallagher in the post-season playoffs, he will not be granted a waiver.
Gallagher currently competes with his father Maury Gallagher’s GMS Racing team.
“The whole GMS organization is very proud of Spencer for getting reinstated after completing NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program,” GMS Racing president Mike Beam said in a statement.
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