Spencer Gallagher: “I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one time error in judgement will never happen again.”
On Saturday, Spencer Gallagher went to victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway and punched his ticket to the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs. It was the first NASCAR Xfinity Series win for the 28-year-old driver.
Gallagher failed a standard NASCAR drug test following the NASCAR Xfinity Series win. NASCAR has issued a substance abuse policy penalty to the driver.
Today, that playoff eligibility has been revoked and Spencer Gallagher has been suspended from the sport. He has the opportunity to return to competition following the completion of a drug rehab program.
Below are statements from both the driver and the team…
Statement from Spencer Gallagher
“I recently have had a positive result in a NASCAR drug screen which has violated NASCAR’s substance abuse policy,” said Gallagher.
“I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one time error in judgement 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 know, I will do whatever it takes to make this right.”
Statement from GMS Racing
“GMS Racing was notified that driver Spencer Gallagher gave a positive result from a NASCAR drug screen,” said Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing. “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. Spencer has agreed to participate in NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program. A substitute driver will be announced at a later date.”