NASCAR suspends Xfinity driver Spencer Gallagher for substance abuse

NASCAR Wednesday announced that Spencer Gallagher has been suspended indefinitely for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

In a statement the sanctioning body said 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 added that Gallagher has agreed to participate in the Road to Recovery Program.

Gallagher is the Xfinity Series most recent winner scoring his first career win last Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.  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.

NASCAR later added that Gallagher will not be granted a waiver for this season’s Xfinity Series playoffs, in effect nullifying his Talladega win meaning it will not count towards playoff eligibility.

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