John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher Handed Fight Penalties for Actions At Gateway Motorsports Park
NASCAR penalized drivers John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher on Wednesday for their roles in an incident in Saturday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park.
After a review of the on-track altercation and ensuing physical quarrel in the Drivin for Linemen 200, competition officials fined Townley $15,000 and assessed Gallagher a $12,500 fine. Both of the drivers have been placed on probation until Dec. 31.
The two drivers collided in the 145 of 200 laps Saturday night, with Gallagher’s GMS Racing No. 23 Chevrolet sending Townley’s No. 05 Athenian Motorsports Chevy for a spin in Turn 1. The two made contact again 10 laps later in the same turn, leaving both trucks with heavy damage after impact with the outside retaining wall.
After both drivers exited their trucks unhurt, a brief verbal spat escalated to a wrestling match on the track with Townley landing a smattering of punches before the two were separated. Gallagher finished 22nd and Townley 23rd in the 32-truck field.
Among other penalties announced Wednesday, the teams of NASCAR Sprint CupSeries drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying inspection at Sonoma Raceway.
The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota team for Kenseth was issued a warning for failing two trips through the Laser Inspection Station (LIS) before Coors Light Pole Qualifying. The Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet team of Earnhardt failed body template inspection twice before Friday’s Sonoma qualifying.
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