NASCAR has fined Camping World Truck Series driver Spencer Gallagher $5,000 following the series’ race at Michigan International Speedway for approaching the track surface after exiting his wrecked car.
Gallagher left his No. 23 truck after a Lap 76 incident with Christopher Bell, whose truck he approached. Gallagher said he was concerned for Bell’s safety.
NASCAR also issued a written warning to the No. 18 Xfinity series team of Joe Gibbs Racing during the race weekend at Road America.
The No. 18, which was driven by Owen Kelly, failed pre-race laser inspection twice and received its fourth warning. A team loses pit selection after a fourth warning. There was only one inspection period prior to qualifying before cars were impounded.
Alex Tagliani will start from the pole at Road America after a lap of 109.866 mph in Xfinity Series qualifying on Friday night. It was Tagliani’s fourth career pole in his eighth start.
Tagliani enters the Road America 180 looking for his first career NASCAR win. He will lead the field to the green flag alongside Michael McDowell, who qualified second at 109.591 mph. McDowell is driving the No. 2 for Richard Childress Racing.
Tagliani credited crew chief Greg Erwin with helping him achieve the pole lap.
“Greg did some fine-tuning changes just to make the car a little bit less tight, it was the right call,” Tagliani told NBCSN. “It’s a good day for the No. 22 Discount Tire team and a good day for the No. 22 as Joey (Logano) is on the pole in Michigan. It’s a good day for Team Penske.”
The top five were Tagliani, McDowell, Justin Marks (109.196 mph), Owen Kelly (109.129 mph), and Daniel Suarez (108.644 mph). Marks is the most recent road course winner, having captured his first career win two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio.
There were two incidents during qualifying, both in the first round, which brought out red flags.
Alon Day, making his second Xfinity Series start, went off track and was stuck in the gravel in Turn 12. Day did not complete a lap and will start 40th on Saturday afternoon.
The second red flag was for rookie Josh Bilicki. He spun and crashed into the tire barriers in Turn 1, resulting in heavy damage to the right side of the No. 77. Bilicki had clocked in 23rd fastest at 107.092 mph at the time of the accident.
Here is how qualifying played out:
Justin Marks, who won at Mid-Ohio earlier this month, was the fastest in Friday’s final Xfinity Series practice session with a lap of 108.946 mph.
Marks was followed by Michael McDowell (108.907 mph), Alex Tagliani (108.571), Owen Kelly (108.378) and Ty Dillon (108.194).
McDowell is driving for Richard Childress Racing, Tagliani is driving for Team Penske and Kelly is driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Xfinity qualifying is at 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN.
Michael McDowell, driving for Richard Childress Racing, posted the fastest lap in Friday’s opening Xfinity Series practice at Road America.
McDowell toured the road course at 108.847 mph. He was followed by Owen Kelly (108.839 mph), who is driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Next was Alex Tagliani (108.687 mph) for Team Penske. He was followed by Justin Marks (108.279), who won at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago, and Brendan Gaughan (107.780).
Sam Hornish Jr. was fastest in both rounds of qualifying on Friday afternoon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a lap of 96.374 mph. It was the eighth pole of Hornish’s career, his fourth on a road course, and his first in three starts this year.
Hornish enters Mid-Ohio looking for his second win of the season and will lead the field to the green flag next to the car he won in at Iowa Speedway in June, the No. 18. Owen Kelly is behind the wheel for Joe Gibbs Racing this week and will start second with a lap of 95.877 mph.
“The car was so good,” Hornish told NBC Sports. “These guys brought us such a good No. 2 Rheem machine that man, I don’t know what will happen if it rains. I usually like racing in the rain but the car is so good right now I hate to see what would happen if it did. That’s a possibility, but hats off to those guys for bringing such a good piece of equipment and thanks to everybody at Richard Childress Racing for the opportunity.”
The top five were Hornish, Kelly, Ryan Blaney (95.739 mph), Elliott Sadler (95.675 mph), and Daniel Suarez (95.613 mph).
Here is how qualifying played out: