Spencer Gallagher was involved in three separate incidents last weekend at Kansas Speedway, but he still pulled off a top-10 finish.
“It’s just a lesson and (the) value of perseverance,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “We as a team pulled through, and I think because of it, we’re stronger moving forward.”
The 26-year-old didn’t start the weekend off on the right note as he got into the wall on his warm-up lap in qualifying. His team made repairs to his No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet, but ultimately he started the race from the rear.
He began to make his way towards the front immediately, though spun on Lap 59 while running in a group of cars. While there was no contact, it was a result of the air taken off of the truck by another competitor.
“I tell people anything a car does in the air, a truck does five over,” Gallagher said. “It’s massively part of it. The air gets so turbulent when we’re around each other. Downforce and side-force are so big that it’s so easy for someone to pull somebody else around like we saw in Kansas.
“That’s why you have to be careful. Part of being a professional racecar driver is knowing spots that you don’t want to be in, and spots you don’t want to put another guy in as it can end badly for both of you.”
With no damage, the Las Vegas native restarted at the tail of the field and once again worked his way towards the front. However, contact on a restart resulted in Gallagher getting into the wall with 38 laps to go.
Gallagher made a charge in the late stages of the race, crossing the finish line to finish 10th.
“It speaks to the value of never giving up and always continuing to push forward as unfortunately, it was an eventful weekend for us,” he said. “So when you have a group of guys like I do, I feel blessed to have these people on this team. That’s really the big difference when you’re having a bad day and making something good out of it.”
It marks the third straight top-10 finish for Gallagher this season after finishing 10th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and sixth at Martinsville Speedway. Gallagher is happy with the performance so far, despite the finishes not being as strong as he’d hoped.
“I think Jeff Hensley and this whole GMS Racing team is bringing exceptional equipment to the track each weekend,” he said. “I’m pretty happy. We’ve got Johnny (Sauter) locked in the Chase and with any kind of luck, I’ll be locked in there as well so we’ll have two full-time GMS drivers in the truck chase.”
Gallagher hopes to carry the momentum to Dover International Speedway this weekend, where he finished 12th last season.
“That’s a fun place,” he said. “It’s like no other race track. It’s like a two-story drop it feels like – from the top of the front straightaway to the bottom of turn one so you’re white knuckle on the steering wheel. It’s one helluva place to race. I look forward to getting there.”
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