Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 Allegiant Travel team earned an eleventh-place result despite being involved in a single-truck incident on Lap 55 during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Iowa Speedway on Friday. After starting the race from the 21st spot, Gallagher reported that his blue and orange machine was "wicked tight" in the center. Crew chief Ryan “Pickle” London summoned the Las Vegas native to pit road on Lap 40 under the first caution period, and the over-the-wall crew administered a four-tire and fuel stop along with an air pressure adjustment to try and improve the handling of the Allegiant Travel Chevrolet. Trouble struck on Lap 55 when Gallagher was involved in a one-truck spin in Turn 2. The incident did not result in any damage, but the GMS Racing driver lost valuable track position. While under caution, the London-led pit crew changed four tires, and Gallagher returned to pit road the following lap for fuel. He restarted 22nd on Lap 60. Gallagher recuperated strongly, maneuvering through the field during the green-flag run, and he moved up to 14th by Lap 120. Gallagher was determined to battle his way into the “lucky dog” position and get back on the lead lap. A one-truck spin on Lap 127 slowed the field for the fourth and final time, setting up the final round of pit stops. Gallagher communicated to London that his Chevrolet was "beautiful," before he brought it in for fuel and a four-tire stop with an air pressure adjustment. The remainder of the event finished caution-free with the 23-year-old driver running in the “lucky dog” position for the remainder of the afternoon. While he never received another caution-flag period to get his lap back, Gallagher passed two additional competitors, bouncing off another lap vehicle for position, and crossed the finish line in the 11th position.
Start - 21 Finish - 11 Laps Led - 0
Spencer Gallagher Quote:
“Wow, what a weekend for my GMS Racing team. From struggling with mechanical problems to running near the top 10 in my first Iowa Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, this is going to be a weekend to remember. My No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet was comfortable in practice, and even though we qualified a little deeper in the field, we knew what kind of truck we had and we showed it in the race. All the credit in the world goes to my Allegiant Travel team and teammate Joey Coulter for helping get me to such a good finish at Iowa Speedway.”