No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro
Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 Allegiant crew started from the 20th-position at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300.
Gallagher showed strength at the beginning of the event, breaking into the top-15 before reporting that he was experiencing loose chassis conditions and no grip in the rear which caused him to drop back into the field as far as the 27th position.
The team worked on Gallagher’s No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet multiple times throughout the race but nothing seemed to help the loose-handling issue. Running in the 27th position, Gallagher spins bringing out the sixth caution of the day on lap 105. He came to pit road so the crew could change tires and to fix any damage, causing him to be placed a lap down and to start from the rear of the field. When the next caution occurred on lap 125, Gallagher was in the 28th spot, he was in the free pass position and gained his lap back.
Staying consistent in the 28th position, another caution occurred. Gallagher came to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment but had a pit road violation making him have to restart from the rear of the field. After a few laps after the restart, Gallagher radioed to crew chief Joey Cohen that something didn’t feel right with the car. Thinking that it was a loose tire Cohen called for a four-tire change and to check everything over. The crew diagnosed that the car had a brake caliper issue and declared it done for the day. Relegating Gallagher to finish in the 37th position, multiple laps down.
“We haven’t been able to catch a break lately. I was battling with loose conditions majority of the race and we couldn’t seem to fix the problems on pit road. Ending a race like we did is disappointing. Everyone worked so hard this weekend. I hope that next weekend in Dover we have some luck on our side.”
– Gallagher sits 18th in the driver standings and 27th in owner points
No. 96 Jacob Companies Chevrolet Camaro
Ben Kennedy, driver of the No. 96 JACOB Companies Chevrolet Camaro, made his first NASCAR XFINITY Series start for GMS Racing Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Hisense 4K TV 300. Paired with crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz for the first time in NXS, Kennedy spent both of Thursday’s practice sessions experimenting with setups. The team dealt with both loose and tight-handling conditions, finishing the day with options to improve both conditions.
Kennedy started the 300-mile race from the 22nd position, avoiding major damage after contact with the outside wall before the first caution occurred on lap three. He pitted for fuel and an adjustment to fix an extremely tight condition that would plague the team until lap 70. As the caution waved signaling the end of stage two, the No. 96 team went to work on adjustments for what had become a loose-in, tight-off handling condition.
As the field lined up for the start of the final stage, Kennedy took the 19th position. As the race progressed the team faced the same loose-on-entry, tight-on-exit condition, with Kennedy running in the top-20 as the field endured several late race cautions. With less than 10 laps remaining, the Daytona Beach, Fla., native told the team his Camaro had become tight all around, relegating the team to a 25th-place finish in their first outing.
“It was great to return to GMS Racing and work with some of the same guys we had on the team last year in the [NASCAR Camping World] Truck Series. Jeff (Stankiewicz, crew chief) did a great job working with the information I was relaying to get us to a place where we could pass toward the end. I think those last back-to-back cautions hurt the handling a bit. It had been improving as our green flag runs progressed, but with only a handful of laps at the end there’s not much that can be done. This is our first go-round and I think we’ve got some good takeaways to put into our Dover prep for next weekend.”
– Kennedy will be back in the No. 96 GMS Racing Chevrolet Camaro at Dover International Speedway next Saturday.