Gallagher’s Previous Experience on Kansas’ Fresh Asphalt an Added Bonus this Weekend
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 16, 2013) – While most NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) veterans last raced on the old pavement of Kansas Speedway in April of 2012, Spencer Gallagher looks to have an advantage entering this weekend’s SFP 250.
Gallagher, competing in the ARCA Racing Series, was a part of the first race held at the 1.5-mile tri-oval last October after a massive renovation project, which included repaving and the addition of variable banking. The added knowledge gained that day is a valuable asset for the 23-year-old as he attempts his first NCWTS start again this weekend in the No. 21 Allegiant Air Chevrolet Silverado. Due to an unforeseen handling issue, Gallagher failed to qualify for the Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway NC Education Lottery 250.
Gallagher, along with his Gallagher Motorsports team, head to the “Sunflower State” undeterred with the same goals in mind. As a rookie in a new series, the Las Vegas, Nev., native wants to earn the respect and trust of his peers on track first and foremost. Gallagher plans to log laps and gain as much knowledge about the diversified NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as possible.
Gallagher Motorsports, led by crew chief Dave Hirsch, has prepared truck No. 008 – a Leavitt-Racing chassis purposely built for the event. Gallagher has not logged any laps in this specific truck, but he plans to take full advantage of the two allotted practice sessions Friday from 9 – 11:50 a.m. and 2 – 3:20 p.m. Qualifying is slated for Saturday at 10:05 a.m. with the SFP 250 going green at 1 p.m. (All times Central.)
Spencer Gallagher, Driver of the No. 21 Allegiant Air Chevrolet Silverado:
“I am looking forward to heading into some familiar territory in Kansas (Speedway) this weekend. Having raced on the old surface in 2011 and then the new pavement at the end of last season, I have really gained a new understanding for the track’s intricacies. The new surface is extremely fast and smooth, much like what was seen last year at Michigan (International Speedway) and Pocono (Raceway), which allows for close-quartered, hard racing. I am excited to hit the track Friday in the No. 21 Allegiant Air Chevrolet Silverado and look forward to a good weekend of racing.”
Dave Hirsch, Crew Chief of the No. 21 Allegiant Air Chevrolet Silverado:
“We are heading into this weekend’s race with the same mindset as we did with the repave jobs at Michigan, Pocono and Kansas last season. We know that Kansas gained a lot of speed and grip throughout with the ARCA cars and I wouldn’t expect anything less with the trucks. Spencer has a nice advantage, being one of the few who have raced on the new pavement and I look forward to building on that with our Allegiant Air Chevrolet.”
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