MOORESVILLE, N.C. — NASCAR has announced that Talladega XFINITY Series race winner Spencer Gallagher has been suspended indefinitely for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.
NASCAR issued a statement this morning saying that on May 1, Gallagher was found to have violated Section 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2018 NASCAR rule book. The statement went on to say that Gallagher has agreed to participate in the Road to Recovery program, which Gallagher confirmed in a joint statement with GMS Racing that was issued following the suspension.
“I recently have had a positive result in a NASCAR drug screen which has violated NASCAR’s substance abuse policy,” Gallagher said in the statement. “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.”
The team will announce a substitute driver for the No. 23 at a later date.
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