No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro
Spencer Gallagher and the No.23 Allegiant team overcame many obstacles this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Gallagher was involved in an incident during first practice. The damage was too severe to fix causing the team to pull out the back up car. Gallagher got one 55 minute practice session with the car before having to qualify.
Gallagher started the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) OneMain Financial 200 from the 24th position. The Las Vegas native radioed to crew chief Joey Cohen that he was struggling with being tight on throttle. Cohen decided to wait to pit after stage one was complete. Gallagher finished stage one in the 12th position. The No.23 Allegiant Chevrolet came to pit for four tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments returning to the field in the 17th position. Gallagher was battling within the top-20 before he was experiencing electricalissues in turn two that brought out the sixth caution of the day on lap 77. The car was towed to the garage and the team worked diligently to fix the issue. Gallagher returned to the field in the 36th position on lap 104. Gallagher and the Allegiant team never gave up and brought home a 31st place finish.
“Dover was not our friend. First we had to bring out the back up in practice and then we had an electric issue in the race. Even though it wasn’t the best weekend I can’t say enough about this GMS Racing team. They worked their tails off this weekend to get the back up ready and to fix the electric issue to get me back on track. We need to keep our heads up and focus going to the Tricky Triangle (Pocono Raceway) next.”
– Gallagher sits 18th in the driver standings and 27th in owner points
No. 96 Jacob Companies Chevrolet Camaro
Ben Kennedy made his second NASCAR XFINITY Series start for GMS Racing Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway, earning a top-20 finish in the 200-mile event. The Daytona Beach, Fla., native started from the 26th position after failing to advance past the first round of multi-vehicle qualifying due to a tight-handling condition. Under caution for the first incident of the race, Kennedy reported to crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz that he was free on entry but tight center through the exit. With three cautions to follow prior to the end of stage one, Stankiewicz elected not to pit allowing his driver to advance his position to end up 19th at the lap 60 break.
Kennedy brought his JACOB Companies Camaro to pit road for fresh tires, fuel, and air pressure and track bar adjustments. He restarted from the 24th position and gained two spots, but felt the handling was getting worse as the race progressed. The crew made adjustments under caution on lap 76; however, 16 laps later Kennedy returned to pit road asking to go back on the changes. The crew provided the driver with four tires, planning to make a quick stop for adjustments only during the upcoming break at the conclusion of stage two.
The 25-year-old finished stage two in the 22nd position and asked for a track bar adjustment at the break. The adjustments helped with entry but he continued to struggle on exit. He pitted for the final time on lap 136 from 23rd for a set of stickers and an adjustment to last the remainder of the race. A long green flag run followed and Kennedy was able to make his way into the top 20, crossing the line in the 18th position, one lap down.
“This was very much a learning experience for the 96 team. While it would have been great to run up front, thankfully there were plenty of cautions that allowed us to try out a few different adjustments. No doubt that will help us down the road, as we progress through the remainder of the season. It’s a frustrating situation not only for myself, but for Jeff (Stankiewicz, crew chief) and the crew guys, but this is a young program and there’s a lot of fight in this group. We’ve just gotta put our heads down, and keep digging, and make sure we’re ready for Pocono next week.”
– Kennedy will be back in the No. 96 GMS Racing Chevrolet Camaro at Pocono Raceway.