November 20, 1989 |
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|14 races run over 3 years|
|Truck no., team||No. 23 (GMS Racing)|
|Best finish||27th (2014)|
|First race||2013 SFP 250 (Kansas)|
|Last race||2015 Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 (Atlanta)|
|ARCA Racing Series career|
|Current team||GMS Racing|
|Best finish||7th in 2012|
|Statistics current as of February 28, 2015.|
Spencer Gallagher (born November 20, 1989) is an American racing driver. He currently drives the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time for GMS Racing.
Gallagher was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Gallagher, he and fellow driver Dylan Kwasniewski lived in the same neighborhood growing up, though their first encounter was on the racetrack. He is the son of Allegiant Air CEO Maury Gallagher. Gallagher spent time working for a Silicon Valley software company at age 19 while transitioning to a full-time racing career.
Gallagher began racing at age 12 in the Bandolero Bandit Series, then progressing to the Legends Car Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring. Gallagher began to take his racing prospects seriously in 2009 on the recommendation of car owner and former driver T.J. Clark. He won the Silver State Road Racing Championship that year, and the INEX Legends Road Course World Finals in 2010. He also ran 6 races in the Super Late Model Series with a best finish of fourth. In 2011, Gallagher made 6 starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, then made 2 in the East Series in both 2011 and 2012.
ARCA and NASCAR
Gallagher made his debut in the ARCA Racing Series at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 2011, and ran two more races with a best finish of 15th in the No. 05 Allegiant Air Chevrolet. He ran the full 19-race schedule in 2012, earning 6 top 10's and finishing 7th in points. His results improved in 2013, with 12 laps led, 5 top 5's and 8 top 10's. He failed to qualify for two races, however, and missed a race after a concussion at Michigan, relegating him to a 10th place points finish. Gallagher also attempted 5 races (2 DNQ's) in the Camping World Truck Series, with a best finish of 20th at Texas.
Gallagher ran the full ARCA schedule in 2014, along with a partial schedule in the No. 23 in the Truck Series, sharing the ride with Max Gresham.
Gallagher was involved in an incident with John Wes Townley at the Iowa truck race in July, leading to a physical confrontation between the two and their respective crew members after the race. Townley and Gallagher, both competitors in the ARCA series as well, felt there was mutual bad blood built up between each other. The two had a friendlier conversation afterwards.
In October 2014 he got his first win in the 20th and final race of the ARCA season, the ARCA 98.9 at Kansas Speedway. Gallagher started 32nd, and led the final 32 laps of the race. Later that month, he earned a Truck Series best finish of third at Talladega on a last lap charge through the field.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Camping World Truck Series
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results|
* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
- Levine, Steve; Staff Report (August 13, 2014). "Video: GAINING TRACTION: SPENCER GALLAGHER". NASCAR.com. NASCAR, NASCAR Illustrated. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
- "GMS Racing: Drivers". gmsracing.net. GMS Racing. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- "Spencer Gallagher cleared for Take-Off in No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevy for Chicagoland". arcaracing.com. Mooresville, North Carolina: ARCA. July 15, 2013.
- Albert, Zach (July 11, 2014). "TENSIONS RISE POST-RACE BETWEEN TOWNLEY, GALLAGHER: Peters and Hornaday Jr. exchange words as well at Iowa". NASCAR.com. Iowa Speedway: NASCAR. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- Palmer, Tod (October 3, 2014). "Mason Mitchell takes ARCA title; Spencer Gallagher wins the ARCA 98.9". The Kansas City Star. Kansas Speedway: The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
- "Trucks: Peters beats Talladega "system overload"". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. October 18, 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
- Spencer Gallagher driver statistics at Racing-Reference
- http://gmsracing.net/driver GMS Racing Drivers List