Days after taking home a major victory, NASCAR officials slapped him with a sentence that many never saw coming…
Per NASCAR’s official rulebook, section 19, Xfinity Series driver Spencer Gallagher was found to have violated NASCAR’s substance abuse policy on May 1st, 2018 – just shortly after he won an Xfinity Series race at Talladega.
Unbelievable news today. Unfortunate for all involved with that team. https://t.co/ktvMU6VrHl
— Jamie Little (@JamieLittleTV) May 2, 2018
The young driver had his first career win during the Xfinity Spark 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 28th. His win virtually guaranteed him a spot in the playoffs, but he has lost that due to this failed drug test.
What a day for @GMSRacingLLC. What a freaking day!!!!! We did it guys! ? still have no idea how I did that but what a hot rod. Best damn team in the garage ❤️ See you guys on the boulevard tonight ? #RUNGMS #WEDIDIT pic.twitter.com/V8yZbC2h3S
— Spencer Gallagher (@23SpeedRacer) April 29, 2018
NASCAR did not reveal when he failed the drug test or what drug he tested positive for, however, it released its findings after being notified by the medical review officer of the violation on Tuesday, May 1st.
Gallagher, who is sponsored by Allegiant Air and drives the No. 23 for GMS Racing which is owned by his father, Maury Gallagher. His father is also the chairman/CEO for Allegiant Travel Company – the team’s major sponsor.
Now, just over two months later, NASCAR has issued a full statement and final decision on Gallagher’s future with the sport.
“GMS Racing driver Spencer Gallagher’s indefinite NASCAR suspension has been lifted, the sanctioning body announced Wednesday afternoon, after Gallagher successfully completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program.”
His team also included a statement about his recovery saying that their entire organization is “very proud” of his reinstatement and recovery program completion.
Watch the video below of Gallagher shortly after his win at Talladega and let us know what you think of NASCAR’s decision in the comments.