Talladega NXS winner Spencer Gallagher suspended for failed drug test

Days after a stunning win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Spencer Gallagher has been suspended for a violation of NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.

Gallagher was notified on Tuesday that he failed a drug test. The driver has agreed to participate in the Road to Recover Program.

“I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one time error in judgement will never happen again,” Gallagher said in a statement. “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.”

Gallagher has 22 top-10 finishes in the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series.

Ryan Sieg will take over the seat occupied by Gallagher. GMS and Gallagher will not be eligible to complete in the four-driver Dash 4 Cash this week at Dover.

GMS Racing President Mike Beam issued this as part of a team statement: “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. … A substitute driver will be announced at a later date.”