Townley, Gallagher wreck, wrestle and then slug it out after Gateway wreck

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John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher wrecked, wrestled and threw a few punches in Saturday night’s Drivin for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Townley was the aggressor, coming down the track after he and Gallagher exited their wrecked trucks on Lap 154, grabbing Gallagher in a headlock and throwing him to the ground.

They clinched and tossed each other around several times, falling to the pavement again, and then Townley landed a flurry of punches to Gallagher’s head, while Gallagher appeared to landed just one punch in retaliation.

That late-race incident was their second of the night. Contact with Gallagher earlier in the race caused Townley to crash.

None of the safety workers interceded, prompting a lengthy delay before a NASCAR official arrived on scene and broke up the pair.

The race was red flagged for a third time so that the track could be cleaned up.

Both drivers were taken to the infield care center to be examined for injuries — in separate ambulances.

Christopher Bell won the race.

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