Spencer Gallagher has completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program and his suspension has been lifted, NASCAR announced Wednesday.
The 28-year-old GMS Racing driver was found on May 1 to have violated the series’ substance abuse policy, just three days after his last-lap pass earned him his first career Xfinity Series win April 28 at Talladega.
At the time, Gallagher released a statement acknowledging the positive drug test, adding “I want to assure everyone in the NASCAR community this one-time error in judgment will never happen again.”
Several drivers have filled in during Gallagher’s six-race suspension, including Johnny Sauter, Chase Elliott, Justin Haley and Alex Bowman. Sauter drove the car to a sixth-place finish at Dover. Elliott finished 37th at Charlotte, second at Pocono and ninth at Chicagoland. Haley finished 12th at Iowa in his Xfinity Series debut, and Bowman finished 21st at Michigan.
Elliott will drive the No.23 Friday night at Daytona; Gallagher will return for the July 13 race at Kentucky.
“The whole GMS organization is very proud of Spencer for getting reinstated after completing NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program after the results we received post-Talladega,” team president Mike Beam said in a statement. “Spencer will return to the No. 23 at Kentucky Speedway and then again after our agreed contracts are fulfilled.”