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John Wes Townley, Spencer Gallagher fined for wrestling at Gateway

John Wes Townley, Spencer Gallagher fined for wrestling at Gateway
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June 30, 2016
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher have been fined by NASCAR as a result of their physical altercation at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., on Saturday night during a caution late in the running of the Drivin' For Linemen 200, according to the weekly penalty report from NASCAR, issued on Wednesday. Townley was fined $15,000, and Gallagher was fined $12,500. Both drivers also were placed on probation through the end of the year.

The seeds for the incident were sewn around lap 145 of the 200-lap race when Gallagher's truck made contact with the truck driven by Townley. About 10 laps later, Townley made contact with Gallagher. During the caution that followed, the two drivers exited their trucks under caution and engaged in a physical altercation on the race track that took the tone of a wrestling match in which punches were exchanged.

Gallagher issued a public apology Monday for his part in the incident.

"I would like to take time to address my actions at Gateway Motorsports Park this past weekend. First, I would like to apologize to John Wes Townley. Additionally, to his team and fans, I am sorry," Gallagher said. "The incident earlier in the race was not intentional and certainly was not meant to cause bigger problems later in the event. 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."

Meanwhile, the NASCAR Xfinity Series entry that was to be driven by Townley at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday night has been withdrawn for the race. It is unknown whether or not the withdrawal has anything to do with the incident at Gateway. The Camping World Truck Series is off during the upcoming weekend and returns to action July 7 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.
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