NASCAR penalizes drivers for on-track altercation

John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher fight during the truck race at Gateway Saturday night.
John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher fight during the truck race at Gateway Saturday night.
John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher fight during the truck race at Gateway Saturday night.

NASCAR penalized drivers John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher Wednesday for their roles in an widely publicized fight in Saturday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park. NASCAR fined Townley $15,000 and assessed Gallagher a $12,500 fine. Both of the drivers have been placed on probation until the end of the year.

Saturday night with less than 10 laps to go, Gallagher and Townley spun together exiting turn 2. Both trucks hit the wall hard and were stuck together as they came to rest at the exit of the turn.  Townley had spun at nearly the same spot earlier in the race but was able to continue. Replays during that first incident showed that his spin was the result of contact with Gallagher.  The second time both trucks sustained heavy damage and were done for the night.

After several moments, both drivers climbed from their damaged machines and Townley could be seen confronting Gallagher. The two began to wrestle and Townley threw several punches. The confrontation continued with both drivers falling and grappling on the track for a few seconds before getting back to their feet while still locked together. Townley threw several more harmless punches then the two drivers both appeared to tire out. NASCAR officials then arrived on the scene and separated the drivers.  The drivers rode in separate ambulances to the infield care center and were released. Neither commented on the incident but were summoned to the NASCAR hauler post race.

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