NASCAR Driver Suspended for Drug Use

On Saturday, Spencer Gallagher made a special announcement during an on-camera interview with Fox Sports. The NASCAR driver had just scored his first win in his career. It was his 49th try in NASCAR’s second-tier Xfinity Series circuit at Talladega.

Gallagher personally thanked everyone at GMS, his racing team. During his small speech, he stated that once they returned home, they would party like it was the end of the century.

It is uncertain if Gallagher’s victory party actually approached 1999 levels or not. Another interview on Monday the star said he only signed a lot of autographs and then retired to his home to play Mario until the early hours of the next day. However one thing is for sure, Wednesday, NASCAR announced they had suspended Gallagher indefinitely for going against Section 19 of the circuit’s substance-abuse policy. This decision was based on a drug test given the previous day.

NASCAR’s Drug Screening of 2018 has Lost More than Gallagher

Gallagher in a statement admitted to his positive results for the NASCAR drug screening. He wanted to let the NASCAR community know this one-time error would never happen again. Gallagher is also currently enrolled in the Road to Recovery program. He also apologized to the GMS organization for his actions as well as his team and team owner. He continued, saying he had let NASCAR, Chevrolet, and his fans down, of which he was regretful.

Gallagher’s claim that he signed autographs until late evening does appear to be factual. A photo appeared early Sunday morning on his Twitter feed showing him with a stack of pictures at a table with people waiting in line around him.

NASCAR periodically tests select drivers, crew members, and officials weekly at the racetrack. This year, Gallagher is not the only one suspended for drug policy violation. He is, however, the first driver.

There are varied opinions about the drug tests. However, most believe it’s a good thing to have for obvious reasons.

Brad Keselowski last year told ESPN that he believed the sport to be self-policing. He said if someone uses recreational drugs, they’re most likely not going to be very good in the competition.