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July 4, 2018

Spencer Gallagher reinstated after completing Road to Recovery program

Spencer Gallagher

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.

On May 1, Gallagher was found to have violated Section 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2018 NASCAR rule book.

Gallagher, 28, agreed to participate in the Road to Recovery Program, a requirement before he was eligible to be cleared to race.

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

Gallagher, who drives the No. 23 Chevrolet, won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race April 28 at Talladega Superspeedway, making a pass on the final lap.

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.

“I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one-time error in judgment will never happen again,” Gallagher said in a team release after his suspension was announced. ” … I promise you all here and now, I will do whatever it takes to make this right.”