Spencer Gallagher to step away from driving at season’s end

Spencer Gallagher came to the Kansas Speedway media center bearing news—about himself.

“I will no longer be competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” said Gallagher, whose father, Maury Gallagher, founded GMS Racing. “I will be stepping out of that role as a driver and taking on a more managerial role at GMS.

“As of right now, we are absolutely intent on continuing our Xfinity effort, and we aim to win a championship with the quality of stuff we’ve been able to build and the talented people that surround us there at GMS.

Gallagher, who claimed his only Xfinity victory at Talladega in April, said the team currently is talking to a number of drivers eager to fill the seat of the No. 23 Chevrolet.

“As to the ride, we’re interviewing several capable candidates right now,” Gallagher said. “But I want to let everyone know, as of right now, the seat’s open season. I believe we have excellent stuff, and we’re taking auditions, as of right this second.”

Johnny Sauter won the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title to give GMS its only title in any of the sanctioning body’s top three touring series.

“All of us at GMS Racing wish Spencer the best in his future endeavors,” said GMS president Mike Beam. “We look forward to what the future holds for this organization, and we will continue to work to build our Xfinity Series program into a championship-caliber team like our trucks.”