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NASCAR Xfinity: Spencer Gallagher suspended days after first win

TALLADEGA, AL – APRIL 28: Spencer Gallagher, driver of the #23 Allegiant Chevrolet, poses with the winner’s decal in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 28, 2018 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

In less than a week, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Spencer Gallagher experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in his racing career. After leading his first lap in series competition, the final lap of Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, he claimed his first-career Xfinity Series win. But on Wednesday, an announcement came from NASCAR that he has been indefinitely suspended for violation of the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

Gallagher has agreed to participate in NASCAR’s “Road to Recovery” program in an effort to get reinstated.

“I recently have had a positive result in a NASCAR drug screen, which has violated NASCAR’s substance abuse policy,” Gallagher said. “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 that 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 now, I will do whatever it takes to make this right.”

As an Xfinity Series regular, Gallagher’s win made him one of the four drivers eligible to race for the fourth and final Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus of 2018 on May 5 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Other drivers who qualified for the Dover bonus, as a result of their Talladega finishes, included Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler. Ryan Sieg, who finished sixth at Talladega, is expected to replace Gallagher as a Dash 4 Cash driver for the Dover race.

A substitute driver fro the No. 23 GMS Racing team for Dover will be announced later this week.

Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Talladega was Gallagher’s 49th-career start in the series. He also has 59-career starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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