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Townley, Gallagher Penalized for Wrestling Match in Gateway

By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor

NASCAR has announced penalties stemming from the chaos that broke out in last week’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park.

John Wes Townley, who drives the No. 05 truck for Athenian Motorsports and Spencer Gallagher, who drives the No. 23 truck for GMS Racing each have wallets that are quite a bit lighter today after their on track wrestling match this past weekend.

Townley, who first charged at Gallagher to start the fight was fined $15,000, while Gallagher received a fine of $12,500 for his part in the scuffle.

Both drivers will be placed on probation until December 31st.

The catalyst of the problems at Gateway came at lap 145 when Gallagher made contact with Townley which sent Townley spinning.

10 laps later, Townley returned the favor, and both trucks were wadded up as a result. When Townley climbed from his wreckage, he charged Gallagher and the fight was on.

Also on the penalty list this week, the Sprint Cup Series teams that field cars for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying inspection this week at Sonoma.

Kenseth’s team failed laser inspection twice in pre-qualifying inspection, while Earnhardt’s team failed inspection with the body template twice.

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Toby Christie is a contributing writer for Motorsports Tribune. He has been watching stock cars turn left since 1993, and has covered NASCAR as an accredited media member since 2007. Toby is a proud member of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA). Additionally, Toby is a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, sub-par guitarist and he is pretty good around a mini-golf course.

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