This week NASCAR issued only one penalty after the races in Talladega, but it is a big one.
NASCAR has a no tolerance policy and after testing positive for a drug test, Xfinty Series driver Spencer Gallagher has been removed from the car indefinitely.
Before he can be reinstated and eligible to race once again, Gallagher will have to go through the Road to Recovery Program.
Along with the indefinite suspension of Gallagher the GMS Racing number 23 team will not be allowed to participate in the final “Dash-4-Cash” program and despite Gallagher’s winning the Sparks Energy 300 on the last lap for his first Xfinity Series win, he will not be permitted to be a part of the playoffs at the end of the season.
Drivers who miss races due to injury or other unforeseen circumstance, have been allowed to apply for a waiver the be a part of the playoffs; NASCAR has stated that Gallagher will no be permitted to apply for a waiver.
Upon his suspension, Gallagher issued a statement saying, “I recently have had a positive result in a NASCAR drug screen, which has violated NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one-time error in judgment 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.”
GMS Racing President Mike Bean also issued a statement of the infraction saying, “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. … A substitute driver will be announced at a later date.”
The Xfinity Series will race this weekend at Dover Speedway as a part of a triple header weekend.