John Wes Townley, Spencer Gallagher fined, placed on probation for fight

NASCAR on Wednesday announced penalties for John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher, the two Camping World Truck Series drivers who were involved in a fight on the track late in last Saturday night’s race at Gateway Motorsports Park.

After a review of the on-track altercation and ensuing physical quarrel in the Drivin for Linemen 200, competition officials fined Townley $15,000 and assessed Gallagher a $12,500 fine. Both of the drivers have been placed on probation until Dec. 31. 

The two drivers collided for a first time on Lap in the 145 of 200 laps Saturday night, with Gallagher’s GMS Racing No. 23 Chevrolet sending Townley’s No. 05 Athenian Motorsports Chevy for a spin in Turn 1. The two made contact again 10 laps later in the same turn, leaving both trucks with heavy damage after impact with the outside retaining wall.

After both drivers exited their trucks unhurt, a brief verbal spat escalated into a wrestling match on the track — with Townley eventually breaking free to land a smattering of punches before the two were separated.

Gallagher later issued a public apology for his role in the incident.

"I would like to take time to address my actions at Gateway Motorsports Park this past weekend," Gallagher said in the statement he released to the media Monday evening. "First, I would like to apologize to John Wes Townley. Additionally, to his team and fans, I am sorry.

"The incident earlier in the race was not intentional and certainly was not meant to cause bigger problems later in the event," Gallagher added. "My crew, who have worked so hard to get me to where I am this season, did not deserve to have their night ended in that way. My teammates and all of the guys back at the shop deserve more respect than was shown Saturday night.

"I would also like to apologize to my team owner, who wholeheartedly believes in this organization and expects all of us to perform at our best at all times, no matter the situation. And finally, I would like to extend a sincere apology to the NASCAR community — representatives and fans. I love this sport just as much as all of you and I am ashamed that I was part of an incident that has allowed so many to view what we do in a negative light."

Gallagher finished 22nd and Townley 23rd in the 32-truck field at Gateway.