Spencer Gallagher Suspended from NASCAR
NASCAR announced on Wednesday morning that Spencer Gallagher has been indefinitely suspended for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.
Covered in Section 19 of the rule book, the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver was found in violation on May 1.
“I recently have had a positive result in a NASCAR drug screen which has violated NASCAR’s substance abuse policy,” Gallagher released in a statement. “I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one time error in judgement will never happen again. I am taking the steps to enroll in the Road to Recovery program supported by NASCAR. 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.”
The news comes following his first career victory on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he only led a single lap en route to winning the Sparks Energy 300. He currently ranks seventh in the point standings with 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 per the sanctioning body if he does return before the season is over.
Gallagher currently competes with his father Maury Gallagher’s GMS Racing team.
“GMS Racing was notified that driver Spencer Gallagher gave a positive result from a NASCAR drug screen,” Mike Bream, President of GMS Racing, released in a statement. “GMS fully supports NASCAR’s policy on substance abuse and we do not condone this type of behavior. First and foremost, our entire organization wants to apologize to NASCAR, our sponsors, teammates and fans due to this policy violation. Spencer has agreed to participate NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program. A substitute driver will be announced at a later date.”
The Road to Recovery Program is a requirement for drivers to fulfill before being eligible to be cleared to race again.
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