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Spencer Gallagher Reinstated After Completing Road to Recovery Program

Spencer Gallagher has completed the NASCAR Road to Recovery program and has been reinstated, the sanctioning body announced Wednesday.

“The whole GMS organization is very proud of Spencer (Gallagher) for getting reinstated after completing NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program after the results we received post-Talladega,” GMS Racing 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.”

Following his victory at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR announced Gallagher had been suspended indefinitely as part of the sport’s substance abuse policy.

“I recently have had a positive result in a NASCAR drug screen which has violated NASCAR’s substance abuse policy,” Gallagher said in a prepared statement after the suspension was announced. “I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one time error in judgment 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.”

In nine races this season, Gallagher has the lone win, two top fives and five top-10 finishes. While he currently sits 14th in the standings with a victory to his credit, Gallagher is ineligible to make the playoffs because he hasn’t started every race this season.

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    This is so bullsh*t. NASCAR can say “look at us, we have a no drug policy”. But it’s secretive and selective. Why don’t SG tell the whole story of what happened? We need to see what lame drugs are on that list. JG never got busted for back pain drugs all those years. Pic and choose, that’s the PC NASCAR way in handling out suspensions. And this comes from a guy who has never did drugs. When is BF going to be tested?

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    If Brian doesn’t want to run the Firecracker on July 4th during the week, starting at 10 AM like in 1984, he sure won’t run anything else!