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NASCAR driver Spencer Gallagher suspended indefinitely for violating substance abuse policy

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139   //    02 May 2018, 21:08 IST
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Spencer Gallagher

Spencer Gallagher has been suspended indefinitely after he failed a drug screening, NASCAR announced Wednesday.

Spencer — who drives the No. 23 Chevrolet for GMS Racing — will have to participate in the Road to Recovery program if he wants to drive again this season.

The failed drug test comes days after Gallagher got his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

"I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one-time error in judgment will never happen again. I am taking the steps to enroll in the Road to Recovery program supported by NASCAR," Gallagher said in a statement.

"I would like to say that I am sorry to all of the GMS organization for my actions, especially my team and team owner, who have worked so hard this year and have put faith in me. I also want to apologize to NASCAR, Chevrolet and my fans for letting them down. I have not upheld the behavior that is expected of me. I promise you all here and now, I will do whatever it takes to make this right.”

Should Gallagher be reinstated this season, he won't be able to earn a playoff waiver.

GMS Racing president Mike Beam said the organization "fully supports" NASCAR's decision and that Gallagher's replacement will be announced later.

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