GMS RACING NXS DARLINGTON RECAP

By September 4, 2017News

Spencer Gallagher No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro

  Start: 20th Finish: 34th

Darlington Race Recap

Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 Allegiant team qualified 20th for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) HELP A HERO 200 at Darlington Raceway. Gallagher battled with a tight handling No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet majority of the race. Crew chief Joey Cohen called Gallagher to pit road from the 25th position under the first stage break on lap 47 for four tires, fuel, air pressure and track bar adjustment restarting 22nd on lap 51. Gallagher reported back to the GMS Racing crew that the adjustments helped the tight conditions slightly but still struggling with it off of turn two. When stage two came to a close on lap 92, Gallagher was scored in the 18th position. Cohen elected Gallagher to pit for four tires, fuel, and no adjustments, restarting 24th on lap 96. Gallagher was involved in an incident in turn two causing him to spin. He came to pit road for tires and returned to the field in the 30th position. Working his way back up into the 19th position when the right front tire went down on Gallagher’s No. 23 machine. Coming to pit road to change the right side tires and returned to the field in the 32nd position when a caution came out shortly after returning to the field. Gallagher gained one of his laps back taking the wave around but while under the caution laps the right front blew again ending Gallagher and the No. 23 team’s day.

  Quote “Not only did we have a good looking throwback scheme we had a pretty fast car this weekend at Darlington. I was running around the 19th position and could have had a top-15 day when the tire went down. Then it went down again on the caution laps that sent me into the wall pretty hard and ended our day early. I am really looking forward to going to Richmond next weekend.”

  Additional Info – Gallagher is in the 22nd position in driver points.

BEN KENNEDY No. 96 Hurricane Harvey Relief Chevrolet Camaro

  Start: 15th Finish: 12th

Darlington Recap

After a successful test at Darlington Raceway just a few weeks earlier, Ben Kennedy and the No. 96 team picked up where they left off, finishing ninth in first practice and 17th in final practice Friday afternoon. He then went on to qualify 15th for Saturday’s Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200.

Fighting a tight No. 96 Hurricane Harvey Relief Chevrolet Camaro from the start of the 148-lap race, Kennedy maintained a spot within the top-20 until the stage one break. Crew chief Charles Denike called the No. 96 down pit road for a lengthy stop for four tires, fuel, a round of chassis adjustments as well as

  a bit of front nose repairs. Fighting his way back into the top-20 during stage two, Kennedy was still battling a tight Camaro. At the stage break, Kennedy pit for four tires, fuel and another set of adjustments to aid in his tight-handling. Restarting 23rd, Kennedy methodically worked his way through the field until a caution on lap 138 allowed him to pit for the final time for fresh tires. Avoiding a late-race incident, Kennedy maneuvered his way to a 12th-place finish when the checkered flag was displayed.

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“Today was an overall great day for the No. 96 team. We not only brought awareness to the people affected by Hurricane Harvey but we also had a strong finish with GMS in my first start at Darlington. We were battling with a tight handling condition a majority of the race but this team never gave up and kept working to get a 12th-place finish. I see this XFINITY program get stronger every race and this one of the little victories that we can take back to the shop and build on.”

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