BREAKING: NASCAR suspends Spencer Gallagher for violating substance abuse policy

Spencer Gallagher is shown in the pit area during qualifying for the Boyd Gaming 300, a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)

Only days after Spencer Gallagher picked up his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Talladega Superspeedway, he has been suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.

Gallagher has agreed to take part in NASCAR’s Road To Recovery program saying it was a one-time incident in a statement released earlier today.

“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 know, I will do whatever it takes to make this right.”

GMS Racing has yet to announce a substitute driver for the No. 23 Chevy.

The win at Talladega would have locked Gallagher into the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs and earned him a spot in next weeks Dash 4 Cash race in Dover. NASCAR said they would not be granting Gallagher a waiver for the missed races. All drivers must start every points paying race in the series to be eligible for the playoffs unless NASCAR grants a waiver for those missed races. In addition, Gallagher has been replaced by Ryan Sieg as the final Dash 4 Cash eligible driver next week at Dover.

 

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