Days after NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Spencer Gallagher won his first career race, he’s now been suspended by NASCAR for failing a substance abuse test. On May 1, Gallagher was found to have violated Section 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2018 NASCAR rule book, according to a NASCAR press release.
Gallagher has agreed to participate in the Road to Recovery Program, a requirement before he is eligible to be cleared to race again.
GMS Racing President Mike Beam issued this as part of a team statement: “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.”
Gallagher has made 49 starts in the XFINITY Series and an additional 59 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He has five top-five finishes and 22 top-10 finishes combined across both series. He also won’t be granted a waiver for playoff consideration either, meaning that his playoff hopes are now likely over. That’s a huge loss of financial compensation for he and his team because of that.