Spencer Gallagher Wins First Career Race at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – By now, we should all be less than surprised when a first-time winner is crowned at Talladega Superspeedway.  It happened again on Saturday.  Spencer Gallagher scored his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win in Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Gallagher led the last lap – his only career lap led – in overtime Saturday to take his first win in 49 career starts. He is the ninth different winner this season. Gallagher is the 12th different driver to win in the last 12 races in the NXS, the record for most consecutive races without a repeat winner is 13 races.

“Awe, man, the only thing going through my mind was, ‘I hope to hell this works.’ I’m so happy right now,” Gallagher said. “GMS Racing brought me such an incredible car here. To qualify and run in the race like we did, I knew we had some speed.

“Man, it didn’t seem real for a while. That whole last lap, it was kind of a dream. You hear your spotter in the background but all you’re really doing is looking out your mirror. It’s always wild on the last-lap at Talladega, but we brought it home, baby, we got it done!”

Brandon Jones, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.

Sadler’s fifth-place finish secured him the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus. He had to rally from being penalized a lap for speeding when he came down pit road trying to avoid the spinning car of John Hunter Nemechek.

“Boy that was crazy,” Sadler said. “We avoided a wreck, got penalized which I don’t agree with but came back to get this bonus for a second straight week. Great day for this team.”

Allgaier seemed to have the race won, leading comfortably  until a late caution. 

Allgaier and Austin Cindric both ran out of gas before the start of overtime. Allgaier came back for his sixth straight top-10 finish at Talladega.

“Went from hero to zero, right? We were in position to get the Dash 4 Cash and maybe a win regardless of what happened to the 7 (Allgaier),” Cindric said. “But hey, we were in contention.”

Ryan Sieg, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer and Garrett Smithley completed the first 10 finishers.

Daniel Hemric and Sadler won the first two stages, in that order.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Number 9
Unofficial Race Results for the 27Th Annual Sparks Energy 300 - Saturday, April 28, 2018
Talladega Superspeedway - Talladega, AL - 2.66 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 115 Laps - 305.9 Miles

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Stage 1 Pos Stage 2 Pos Pts Status Tms Laps Playoff Pts
1 3 23 Spencer Gallagher Allegiant Chevrolet 115 2 49 Running 1 1 5
2 15 19 Brandon Jones XYO Networks Toyota 115 4 42 Running
3 6 7 Justin Allgaier TradeMark Nitrogen Chevrolet 115 2 8 46 Running 1 35
4 20 18 Noah Gragson(i) Switch Toyota 115 0 Running
5 2 1 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet 115 8 1 45 Running 2 30 1
6 22 39 Ryan Sieg Alabama Soda & Abrasive Repairs Chevrolet 115 31 Running 1 1
7 4 42 John H. Nemechek Fire Alarm Services Inc Chevrolet 115 5 10 37 Running
8 8 9 Tyler Reddick # Armour Chili Chevrolet 115 10 5 36 Running 1 2
9 12 00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 115 7 7 36 Running
10 34 0 Garrett Smithley FAME-USA.org Chevrolet 115 27 Running
11 27 38 JJ Yeley Josh Roberts Trucking & Repairs Chevrolet 115 26 Running
12 13 20 Christopher Bell # Rheem Toyota 115 25 Running 1 1
13 35 93 Jeff Green C2 Freight Resources Chevrolet 115 24 Running 1 1
14 5 5 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 115 4 30 Running
15 7 3 Shane Lee Childress Vineyards Chevrolet 115 9 24 Running
16 16 98 Chase Briscoe Ford Ford 115 21 Running
17 25 01 Vinnie Miller # JAS Expedited Trucking LLC Chevrolet 115 20 Running
18 28 8 Tommy Joe Martins Toyota 115 19 Running
19 29 78 BJ McLeod JW Transport LLC Toyota 115 18 Running
20 33 24 Kaz Grala # NETTTS Ford 114 17 Running
21 18 35 Joey Gase Sparks Chevrolet 114 9 18 Running
22 19 16 Ryan Reed Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford 114 3 23 Running 1 1
23 1 21 Daniel Hemric South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 114 1 24 Running 2 39 1
24 21 36 Alex Labbe # Can-Am/Wholey/Cyclops Gear Chevrolet 114 13 Running
25 10 2 Matt Tifft KCMG Chevrolet 114 6 6 22 Running
26 31 90 Josh Williams Star Tron Star Brite/Sleep Well Chevrolet 114 11 Running
27 38 66 Timmy Hill CrashClaimsR.Us Toyota 114 10 Running
28 32 45 Josh Bilicki # Prevagen Toyota 114 9 Running
29 39 55 Jennifer Jo Cobb(i) Swampdaddy Crawfish/Driven2Honor.org Toyota 114 0 Running
30 11 22 Austin Cindric # Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford 114 7 Running 1 3
31 23 15 Joe Nemechek(i) Fleetwing/D.A.B. Constructors Chevrolet 113 0 Running
32 37 52 David Starr Whataburger Chevrolet 112 5 Running
33 40 74 Mike Harmon Horizon Transport Dodge 112 4 Running 1 1
34 26 4 Ross Chastain Flex Seal Chevrolet 78 3 Suspension
35 24 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 53 2 Fuel Pump
36 17 28 Dylan Lupton thinQ Technology Partners Ford 32 1 Accident
37 14 60 Ty Majeski Ford Ford 32 1 Accident
38 9 11 Ryan Truex Bar Harbor/Sea Watch International Chevrolet 32 3 9 Accident
39 36 40 Chad Finchum # Smithbilt Homes Toyota 32 1 Accident
40 30 76 Spencer Boyd # Grunt Style Chevrolet 32 1 Accident
Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 17 Mins, 44 Secs. Average Speed: 133.258 MPH Margin of Victory: 0.152 Seconds

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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