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Justin Haley to make Xfinity debut at Iowa with GMS Racing

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Justin Haley will make his Xfinity Series debut this weekend at Iowa Speedway in GMS Racing’s No. 23 Chevrolet.

The 19-year-old driver is set to make three Xfinity starts for the team this season.

He will drive a second GMS Racing entry July 6 at Daytona International Speedway. He will also compete Aug. 4 at Watkins Glen.

Haley will be sponsored by The Fraternal Order of Eagles at Iowa.

Haley, who drives for GMS Racing full-time in the Camping World Truck Series, is the latest driver to substitute for the indefinitely suspended Spencer Gallagher. Gallagher was suspended for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy days after winning the April 28 race at Talladega Superspeedway.

He has entered NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program.

In the four races since, Gallagher has been replaced by Johnny Sauter, Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman.

In his 35 Truck Series starts, Haley has six top fives and 18 tops 10s. His best result is second in this year’s season opener at Daytona.

The native of Winamac, Indiana, was the 2016 K&N Pro Series East champion.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime to be in top-notch Xfinity Series equipment,” Haley said in a press release. “I can’t say enough about how much the Gallagher family has helped my career over the past few years in the Truck Series. I’m excited to get to Iowa and run a double-header with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) onboard. FOE, along with my family, have been nothing but supportive of me since the beginning. I am humbled to have the support to take the next step into the Xfinity Series, after always being unsure if it would ever happen. Thank you to the whole GMS organization.”

Elliott, who drove the No. 23 at Charlotte and Pocono, will return to the car at Chicagoland (June 30), Daytona (July 6) and Bristol (Aug. 17).

Bowman will drive it again July 13 at Kentucky Speedway.

Alex Bowman to drive GMS Racing’s No. 23 Xfinity car in two races

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Alex Bowman is the latest Hendrick Motorsports driver named to pilot GMS Racing’s No. 23 Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series.

The team announced Bowman will drive the car this weekend at Michigan International Speedway and on July 13 at Kentucky Speedway.

Bowman follows Hendrick teammate Chase Elliott and GMS Racing’s Johnny Sauter in substituting for Spencer Gallagher. Gallagher was suspended indefinitely following his win in the April 23 race at Talladega Superspeedway for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.

Bowman will be sponsored by ISM Connect.

“I want to thank GMS Racing for letting me race the No. 23 Chevrolet this weekend in Michigan,” Bowman said in a press release. “Last time I was in the Xfinity race at the track, we started on the pole and I was able to lead some laps. I am looking forward to this weekend and what we can do on track with the No. 23 team.”

Bowman has 52 starts in the Xfinity Series with his first win coming last year at Charlotte with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Elliott, who drove the No. 23 at Charlotte and Pocono, will return to the car at Chicagoland (June 30), Daytona (July 6) and Bristol (Aug. 17).

More substitute drivers will be announced at a later date.

Chase Elliott to drive in Xfinity race at Charlotte for Spencer Gallagher

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Chase Elliott will replace suspended driver Spencer Gallagher in GMS Racing’s No. 23 Xfinity car this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the team announced Monday.

Elliott also is scheduled to drive the No. 23 car for GMS Racing at Pocono (June 2), Chicagoland (June 30), Daytona (July 6) and Bristol (Aug. 17).

This will be Elliott’s second Xfinity race of the season. He finished 12th in the series opener at Daytona. Hooters, which is a sponsor on Elliott’s Cup team at Hendrick Motorsports, will sponsor him in Saturday’s Xfinity race at Charlotte. 

NASCAR indefinitely suspended Gallagher on May 2 for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

There is no timetable for Gallagher’s return. It will be dependent on him completing NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program.

“I appreciate GMS letting me get behind the wheel of the No. 23,” Elliott said in a statement from the team. “I’m excited to have Hooters on the car for Charlotte. It’s a big week for them and I look forward to representing them in a new way on the Xfinity side.”

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Johnny Sauter to substitute for suspended Spencer Gallagher at Dover

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Johnny Sauter will drive GMS Racing’s No. 23 Chevrolet in this weekend’s Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway, the team announced Thursday evening.

Sauter competes full-time for GMS Racing in the Camping World Truck Series.

Gallagher, who won last weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.

Gallagher agreed to complete the Road to Recovery program.

Sauter, the 2016 Truck champion, last competed in Xfinity in 2014 in the July race at Daytona. He has 205 Xfinity starts and three wins.

The team will announce more details at a later date.

 

NASCAR suspends Spencer Gallagher for violating substance abuse policy

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NASCAR announced Wednesday that it has suspended Talladega Xfinity winner Spencer Gallagher indefinitely for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. The penalty will cost him a spot in the playoffs.

NASCAR stated that “on May 1, Gallagher was found to have violated Section 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2018 NASCAR rule book.”

NASCAR stated that Gallagher has agreed to participate in the Road to Recovery Program.

“I recently have had a positive result in a NASCAR drug screen which has violated NASCAR’s substance abuse policy,” Gallagher, 28, said in a statement from GMS Racing. “I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one time error in judgement 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.”

GMS Racing stated Wednesday that a substitute driver for the No. 23 car will be announced at a later date.

Mike Beam, president of GMS Racing, also issued a statement Wednesday: “GMS Racing was notified that driver Spencer Gallagher gave a positive result from a NASCAR drug screen. GMS fully supports NASCAR’s policy on substance abuse and we do not condone this type of behavior. First and foremost, our entire organization wants to apologize to NASCAR, our sponsors, teammates and fans due to this policy violation. Spencer has agreed to participate in NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program. A substitute driver will be announced at a later date.”

Gallagher scored his first career Xfinity victory this past weekend at Talladega, taking the lead on the last lap. That would have put him in position to make the playoffs but this suspension will cost him that opportunity. No timetable has been set for his return, but he is expected to miss multiple races. The series is at Dover this weekend and doesn’t compete again until May 26 at Charlotte.

NASCAR will not grant a waiver for Gallagher for the missed races.

Section 17.6.2.1.a of the Xfinity Rule Book states the requirements to be eligible for the playoffs: “Unless otherwise authorized by NASCAR, driver(s) and Team Owner(s) must start all championship Events of the current season to be eligible for the Playoffs. If a starting position was not earned, then the driver(s) and Team Owner(s) must have attempted to Qualify for the Race.”

Also, Gallagher qualified for the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus this weekend at Dover based off his Talladega performance. He will be replaced by Ryan Sieg, who finished sixth. Noah Gragson, who finished fourth, is not eligible for the bonus, allowing Sieg to get the spot.

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