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07/05 2018

NASCAR REINSTATES SPENCER GALLAGHER (FAILED DRUG TEST) AFTER COMPLETING RECOVERY PROGRAM

 

Spencer Gallagher will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series next weekend at Kentucky Speedway.PHOTO BY MOTORSPORT IMAGE – LAT

Gallagher was seventh in points at the time of his suspension

BY:  MATT WEAVER

Suspended for a failed drug test just days after winning his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, the sanctioning body has reinstated Spencer Gallagher effective immediately.

The 28-year-old then entered the mandatory Road to Recovery program, which must be completed before getting NASCAR clearance to race again. Gallagher races for his family team but will not place him back in his No. 23 Chevrolet until next weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

“Time for the next chapter boys and girls,” Gallagher said in a tweet. “Been a tough road, but it’s through adversity that you learn true strength. Can’t thank the entire garage, the fans and everyone at GMS Racing enough for their support through this.
“See you guys at Kentucky.”

Chase Elliott will drive the entry this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Despite missing six races, Gallagher is just 14th in the standings, but no longer eligible for the playoffs due to not receiving a playoff waiver needed to be playoff eligible. NASCAR grants such waivers for age restrictions or injuries, but not a failed drug test.

“The whole GMS organization is very proud of Spencer (Gallagher) for getting reinstated after completing NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program after the results we received post-Talladega,” said Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing. “Spencer will return to the No. 23 at Kentucky Speedway and then again after our agreed contracts are fulfilled.”

Elliott is also scheduled to drive the No. 23 in August at Bristol Motor Speedway.