SPENCER GALLAGHER No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro
Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet crossed the finish line in 13th-place in theAlsco 300 on Saturday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway. Gallagher qualified 14th for the 200 lap event, which was originally scheduled for Friday night but was postponed until Saturday afternoon due to rain.
Gallagher was battling with loose conditions in the beginning of the race while working through traffic. The Las Vegas native worked within the top-15 until being moved out of the groove, causing him to drop as far back as the 20th position but moved up into the 18th position when the competition caution occurred on lap 25. Gallagher did not pit and moved up to restart in the 11th position. Gallagher finished 13th at the end of the stage on lap 45. Crew chief Joey Cohen called Gallagher to pit road on lap 47 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment restarting 16th on lap 51.
Gallagher raced within the top-20 until breaking into the top-15 on lap 70. The 27-year-old reported back to the team that he was struggling with being tight center off of turn four. He reached the 13th position at the end of stage two on lap 90. Cohen called Gallagher to pit road on lap 93 for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment, restarting 13th on lap 99.
Gallagher was running in the top-15 when a caution occurred on lap 130. Gallagher visited pit road on lap 131 for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment to help the tight conditions. Restarting 13th on lap 136. The final caution of the day was on lap 168, Gallagher said he needed better center rotation and came to pit road a final time on lap 169 for four tires, fuel and another track bar adjustment, restarting in the 17th position on lap 172. Gallagher raced back into the top-15 on lap 175 and continued to move through the field until reaching the 13th position on lap 194, where he remained until he crossed the start-finish line on lap 200.
“We had a really strong Allegiant Chevy this weekend. We didn’t get as much practice time as we hoped for but we made really strong gains during that lone practice session and the race that we can take with us and build on. We really needed a solid weekend after the bad luck we have been having lately. I can’t say enough about my crew guys and how hard they work to give me some fast cars. I hope we can carry this momentum into Loudon this weekend.” Additional Info: – Gallagher is 20th in NXS Driver points.
BEN KENNEDY No. 96 Weber Grills Chevrolet Camaro
Ben Kennedy and the No. 96 Weber Grills team arrived at the newly-repaved Kentucky Speedway on Thursday hoping to get in two practice sessions for Friday night’s Alsco 300, but inclement weather forced the team to prepare with just one session before qualifying on Friday.
Kennedy fought a free handling condition in practice and qualifying, with the team getting enough speed out of the Weber Grills Camaro to earn a 16th-place starting position. Unfortunately, more weather moved himfollowing qualifying with NASCAR rescheduling the race for Saturday afternoon.
When the Daytona Beach, Fla., native finally took the green flag for the race he reported to crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz that he was battling an extremely free Chevrolet on entry and exit. He worked his way up to the 15th position before pitting for the first time during the competition caution on lap 25 for a chassis adjustment. Kennedy’s handling woes continued, with the team visiting pit road during cautions to tighten up the No. 96 machine as the track continued to heat up in the afternoon sun.
Stankiewicz brought his driver to pit road one last time during the final caution on lap 168, giving him two tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to provide more rear grip. Kennedy restarted within the top-15 and maintained his position until reporting to the team that he believed he was experiencing engine troubles. Not being able to fix the issue on pit road, the team went to the garage with less than 20 laps to go, ending their day in the 32nd position.
Quote “Today was a tough day for our No. 96 Weber Grills team. We felt like we had a decent car going into the race but we just couldn’t get the handling comfortable on a long run. I think we had finally made some progress after that last stop, but unfortunately we began to have an engine issue and didn’t want to chancestaying out any longer and messing up the race for anyone else.”
Additional Info – Kennedy’s next race in the No. 96 for GMS Racing will be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway