Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet team battled hard throughout the weekend to survive their first short track race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Due to inclement weather, Friday’s practice time was decreased, allowing only one session to prepare for Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
After advancing to the second round of qualifying on Saturday morning, Gallagher started the race from the 23rd position. He reported to crew chief Joey Cohen that he was experiencing a tight-handling chassis and settled back into the 27th position. Under caution, Gallagher came to pit road for fuel and chassis adjustments to try and help the handling. After returning to the field in the 24th position, he radioed to the team that his Allegiant Camaro was still tight, however rain began to fall on lap 161 causing the event to beplace under red flag for one hour and 38 minutes. When the race returned back to green flag conditions, the team worked on the handling throughout the remaining 138 laps, but it was Gallagher’s patience and quick maneuvering to avoid late race wrecks that advanced him into the top 20. The Las Vegas native crossed the start-finish line in the 18th position, two laps down in his first NXS race at Bristol.
“That was just a long hard day. Collecting an 18th place finish in my first [NASCAR] XFINITY Series at Bristol (Motor Speedway) start is pretty good. I was tight center and off throughout the entire race. Joey (Cohen, crew chief) called some really big adjustments but nothing seemed to help. This whole team worked really hard this weekend and as a team we continue to gain experience and learn at every track we go to. I look forward to using what we gained this weekend and coming back to Bristol in August even stronger.”
– Gallagher is currently in the 17th position in Driver championship points and 24th in Owner’s points.