Spencer Gallagher officiates wedding at Michigan
Spencer Gallagher is a man of many talents. A race car driver and newly discovered wrestler/dancer/hugger (for reference, see his " fight " with John Wes Townley ), Gallagher is also an officiant in race track wedding ceremonies. Nope, not kidding. Surrounded by guests and a bridesmaid doning a Kasey Kahne T-Shirt, Gallagher performed a marriage ceremony for a couple in Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway on Thursday afternoon. They even got to ride away in a pace car. . @23SpeedRacer performing a ceremony in @Gatorade Victory Lane @MISpeedway ✔️ Congrats to the newly weds! pic.twitter.com/BRh5rPk6GV — GMS Racing (@GMSRacingLLC) August 25, 2016 The event was documented via NASCAR Snapchat (username: nascar) and is available for viewing for 24 hours. Congrats to the happy couple!
Irked Tagliani after Road America spin: 'Everything goes'
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Alex Tagliani has made a handful of NASCAR starts across the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series over the past several years, remaining winless despite often, if not always, looking like the man to beat. Being the accomplished road course ace that he is -- along with the horsepower and backing from Team Penske / Brad Keselowski Racing that he's enjoyed since 2014 -- you can typically count on the 42-year-old to start up front, and stay there. A third career Coors Light Pole for Saturday's Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville at Road America -- in just his eighth XFINITY start -- once again put Tagliani in prime position to compete for his first NASCAR national series victory, but once again he came up short. For the second consecutive year, his sole XFINITY start was foiled by contact from the eventual race winner. Last year it was Regan Smith at Mid-Ohio; Michael McDowell was Saturday's culprit. With 17 laps remaining in the 48-lap event (extended three laps by overtime), Tagliani -- who'd led a dominating 17 laps already at that point -- retook the lead from Erik Jones , only to be spun after left-rear contact from the No. 2 of McDowell in Turn 5. He was relegated to 30th place after the contact, having to battle back to salvage a seventh-place finish. "I could basically say what I want to say, but I don’t know if it's going to matter at the end," Tagliani told NASCAR.com on pit road following the race. "I think the 2 realized that we were the car to beat and it's unfortunate he presents himself to take us out, and he did it to take away some competition from him. In those instances, I'm a firm believer that you have to resist the temptation of doing it, but it seems in this world, in this series, in this sport, everything goes. "I think I should try to play smarter and drive him that way. At that time, instead of trying to fight clean with the 2 and give him a hard time and try to be creative and try to go around me, I should've let him go by and do what he did to me and take away the competition. It crossed my mind, but I said 'Walk, man.' Because other than the 2, there was nobody else that could touch us. After what I saw, I should've. Should've, could've, but it's not the way you win races." Looking at the replay, it's tough to tell whether or not McDowell should've lifted, or Tagliani shouldn't have dove into the corner, but it was evident neither driver was willing to budge. Particularly after some prior in-race contact between the two. Regardless, McDowell -- while implying in his post-race press conference that he was in a bit of a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation -- stands by his declaration that the spin was not intentional. "No, it wasn't intentional; I wasn't intentionally doing it, but at the same time I was clearly in there and I wasn't really sure what he was doing when he came across the nose … " the Richard Childress Racing driver said. "… I don't know. I didn't see the replay yet. The 22 and I had a little run-in earlier in the race and basically I kept putting my nose in and he kept slamming the door. He went wide in Turn 5 and I got underneath the 42 ( Justin Marks ) and 22 and I was alongside of him and he decided just to turn in. Once we made contact, I just came off the brake and pushed him out of the way. The reason I did that is because had I not, I would've been stuck there, too, and I would've gotten ran over. Once he committed to turn in and I was on the inside, we already made the contact. "But I haven't seen a replay. A lot of times, I watch the replay and I go, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, I was right.' And a lot of times I go, 'Oh, gosh … ' I hope it's not an 'Oh, gosh' moment. But by no means did I come out of Turn 5 and be like 'Here's my shot. I'm going to wipe him out.' That wasn't the case at all. I got a run and went underneath him and when he slammed his door, I wasn't expecting him to slam the door." McDowell now heads to Michigan International Speedway , where he will race in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race.
Larson earns first career NSCS victory
Kyle Larson passes Chase Elliott on the final restart at Michigan International Speedway to earn his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.
Newman's secret to successful proposal? Do it during a fight
RELATED: Newman on his future with RCR Ryan Newman, love guru? The Richard Childress Racing driver had a Chevrolet Q&A with fans ahead of Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway and was asked how he proposed to his wife, Krissie, whom he married in 2004. Many people like to have big, memorable moments when they propose to their partner. When Newman popped the question, he was just trying to warm up his future wife's shoulder. "We had this small fight , not a big fight ; she didn't punch me or nothing," Newman said. "She was sitting on a dog pillow petting one of the dogs and I just reached around her and asked her. "I was just trying to get over the fight , was all I was trying to do," Newman added, much to the delight of those listening. Do you want to know how @RyanJNewman proposed to Krissie? @TeamChevy got the answer! pic.twitter.com/v6V7SFYDEO — RCR 31 Cup Team (@RCR31RNewman) July 31, 2016 Hey, that's one way to do it.
Dillon shows durability, skill in fourth-place finish
RELATED: Full race results " Driver standings " Chase Grid BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Austin Dillon didn't think his team had a winning car this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway . His performance on the track begged to differ, as Dillon powered his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to the front, battling eventual race winner Kevin Harvick for the lead before earning a solid fourth-place result in Sunday's rain-delayed event at the short track. Coupled with his victory in the XFINITY Series race at Bristol Friday night, Dillon's weekend in the Appalachian Mountains turned into his best combined series effort he's seen all season. But he and his team had to fight for it. "We had a car that we had to really work on all day," a red-faced and worn-out-looking Dillon said on pit road after the race. "I tell you what, my butt's kicked right now. We just had to really fight hard early in the race, we about went a lap down and they made good adjustments to put us back in the race. "Proud of (crew chief) Slugger (Labbe), proud of my pit crew – they really stepped up and that means a lot getting ready to what we're going into." After restarting third at Lap 450, the 26-year-old driver moved into the second position behind Harvick three quick laps later, putting Dillon in position to challenge the No. 4 driver for the lead. The No. 3 wheelman fought to overtake Harvick for eight laps, looking for momentum in the inside lane. He made it look effortless, but Dillon assures it was anything but. "I was really proud of that little short run we had on the bottom," Dillon said. "Harvick was pretty loose and I got to his door. Just didn't have enough to really do much on the top. (I was) holding on for my dear life there at the end." Sitting 13th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, Dillon finds himself in a relatively comfortable points position with three races remaining until the playoffs begin. But Dillon & Co. aren't just looking for "good points days"-- they're looking for a win. That long-waited victory could very well come next weekend at Michigan International Speedway . "I'm racing like I'm in the playoffs right now, for sure," Dillon said. "We've still got a lot of work to do. Really looking forward to Michigan, probably my best track, so hopefully we can go win one and not have to worry about it for two weeks." Crew chief Slugger Labbe also has his sights set on the Irish Hills, having circled it following the team's 13th-place run at Pocono in August. "Last time at Michigan we ran extremely well with the low downforce package," Labbe told NASCAR.com on pit road. "We're taking the same car back that we had at Pocono that ran extremely well at Pocono battling for the lead against Kyle Larson … so we're just hoping for big things. "After Pocono, he was kind of mad that we didn't finish at good as we wanted so I told everyone on this team to make sure we circle Michigan and that's the one we're going to win. So, we're going to shoot really hard for it, prepare, do the best we can and give it our best shot at Michigan."
Alfalla retakes points lead on last-lap pass at Michigan
Ray Alfalla ( Slip Angle Motorsports ) captured his second victory of the 2016 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series by passing Brad Davies off Turn 4 on the final lap at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday evening. The finish marked the second-straight race that has been decided by a last-lap pass for the lead, although unlike one race earlier at Watkins Glen, there was no contact or controversy after the Michigan thriller. Davies played a good strategy to take the lead during the last round of pit stops and held the top spot for 20 laps due to repeated crashes and yellow flags. Alfalla had the better car and was on fresher tires, but never got a long enough run to challenge for the lead. His chance finally came on the final restart with two laps to the flag. When the green flew, Davies got a good jump on Alfalla, but the two-time series champion had closed up to the leader's bumper as the pair took the white flag. Alfalla was not close enough entering Turn One so instead of charging in over his head he was patient, backed up the corner, and got a great run on exit. Alfalla closed quickly down the backstretch and dove to the bottom entering Turn 3 as Davies protected the top. His fresh tires were too much for Davies as Alfalla passed uncontested off Turn 4 and took the checkered flag .05 of a second in the clear. Logan Clampitt ( High Performance Motorsports ) came home third, combining a solid pit strategy with a fast car and steady driving. Justin Bolton ( The TEAM ) was fourth, ahead of Andrew Fayash in his first top-five result. Alfalla started on pole and had the fastest car for much of the race but only led 46 of 125 laps, largely due to pit strategy. Instead of changing two tires and losing position on a subsequent long run, Alfalla opted for four fresh tires each time down pit road. This decision meant he had to fight through traffic on several occasions, but Alfalla used his experience to cleanly and effectively move through the field. During the middle segment of the race the field strung out and allowed some differing strategies to develop. Some sim racers chose a three-stop strategy in hopes fresh tires would make up for the extra trip down pit road, while others opted for a two-stop strategy. Alfalla chose the two-stop strategy and was helped out by a timely yellow flag on Lap 81 just before he was going to make his final pit stop. All but one car on the three-stop strategy also chose to pit, allowing Alfalla to keep nearly all of his track position, which put himself in prime position to win the race. From there, the race turned into a series of short sprints broken up by frequent caution flags. Seven of the nine cautions flew in the last 45 laps, making track position more important than a typical Michigan race. The win vaulted Alfalla back into the championship lead with three races remaining in the season. He now enjoys a 15-point advantage over PJ Stergios ( ineX Racing Team ) after Stergios struggled to a 14th-place finish at MIS. PJ's brother, Jake, is still hanging onto third, but his margin over Chris Overland shrunk to just four points after a Tuesday's disappointing 31st-place result. Dylan Duval is fifth, but is only seven points clear of Kenny Humpe after finishing 35th at Michigan. Only three weeks remain in the 2016 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze season, and Darlington Raceway looms large as the next race on the schedule. Widely considered to be the toughest oval on the circuit, Darlington requires impeccable car control and patience to succeed. For Alfalla and Stergios, the goal is simple: get out front and stay there, away from potential carnage that can be common farther back in the field. Can Stergios close the gap on Alfalla, or is Alfalla primed to edge closer to his third world championship? Tune-in to iRacing Live in three weeks to catch the sim racing action from The Track Too Tough to Tame!
@nascarcasm: Townley/Gallagher fight gets the 'Napoleon Dynamite' treatment
RELATED: Townley/Gallagher come to blows " Drivers react to fight
See 'The Fight' like never before -- in reverse
RELATED: See the fight as it actually happened Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley engaged in one of the silliest NASCAR fights we've seen this past Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park , site of the Camping World Truck Series race. By now, you've seen it a dozen times. Believe it or not, it's actually more awkward when played in reverse. Or is it? You know, we can't tell. It's funny frontwards or backwards, which is really the main takeaway here. Give it a watch.
John Wes Townley apologizes for Gateway fight
RELATED: Townley, Gallagher fight at Gateway NASCAR driver John Wes Townley has issued an apology for his involvement in an on-track altercation a week ago during a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. Townley was fined $15,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31, 2016 for his involvement in the altercation with fellow driver Spencer Gallagher during the Drivin for Lineman 200. Gallagher was fined $12,500 and placed on probation through the end of the year. "I want to apologize to NASCAR and my fans," Townley said in the statement. "That's not the way I want to represent myself, (sponsor) Zaxby's or Jive Communications. I'll try my best to make sure it never happens again." The drivers were involved in two separate incidents during the race. The first contact brought out the caution flag on Lap 145 of the 160-lap race. Approximately 10 laps later, they were involved in a second incident, which eventually brought the race under the red flag. Following the second incident, both drivers climbed from their respective trucks and approached one another, with Townley then grabbing Gallagher around the head and wrestling him to the ground. Townley tried several times to punch Gallagher as the pair stood on the lower portion of the racing surface as the fracas continued. Originally scheduled to compete in this weekend's NASCAR XFINITY Series race for Athenian Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway , Townley, 26, and the team eventually withdrew the entry. "Honestly, we went into this season with our sights set on running strong in the Truck Series and ARCA," Townley said. "We've always said that. And we, as a team, don't need to overlook those goals. ... But considering that we have a Truck race (at Kentucky Speedway ) and an ARCA race next week (at Iowa Speedway ), we felt it was better to pour our time and resources into getting ready for next week." Gallagher, who is competing at Daytona this weekend, issued a statement on Monday, June 27, apologizing to 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." Gallagher said he was "ashamed" he was involved in an incident "that has allowed so many to view what we do in a negative light." Townley, currently 18th in points, has one career win in the Truck Series in 101 career starts. He is winless in 76 attempts in the XFINITY Series. Gallagher, 26, is winless in 44 career starts in the Truck Series and four in the XFINITY Series. He is 11th in points in the Truck Series.
PJ Stergios wins last-lap thriller at Watkins Glen
PJ Stergios ( ineX Racing ) came out on top at Watkins Glen in one of the most exciting NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series races in recent memory, passing both Michael Conti ( Team Conti ) and Nick Ottinger ( Gale Force Racing ) on the final lap to take his fourth win of the season. Stergios took the white flag in third behind Conti and Ottinger but had fresher tires due to his pit strategy. He quickly closed on Ottinger heading up through the Esses and made his move exiting Turn 4 when Ottinger got loose and lost momentum, allowing Stergios to pass without a fight . With Ottinger out of the way, Stergios set his sights on Conti as the two made their way around Turn 5. Like Ottinger, Conti got loose on exit, but was able to take a defensive line, giving him the preferred line into Turn 6. Conti held the lead through Turn 6 and again took a defensive line entering the final corner, Turn 7. This time, Stergios got into the back of Conti under braking, moving the No. 5 car up the track and into the outside wall, allowing Stergios to move past for the victory. Ottinger was second. Conti had to settle for third after leading 23 laps and coming ever-so close to his first victory of 2016. Jake Stergios came home fourth ahead of Logan Clampitt ( High Performance Motorsports ) and erstwhile championship leader Ray Alfalla (Slip Angle Motorsport s). The thrilling finish was made possible in part by differing pit strategies among the leaders. The Stergios brothers chose to stop twice for tires while Conti, Ottinger, and much of the rest of the field opted for only a single pit stop. Ottinger started on pole but was passed in Turn 1 by PJ Stergios, who then quickly moved away from the field during the opening laps. His gap was short-lived though as Conti had moved up from fourth on the grid to challenge for the race lead. The 2014 series champion looked to have the faster car but Stergios drove mistake-free before relinquishing his lead on Lap 16 to make his first pit stop. Conti was not due to pit until Lap 22, and used the clean track in front of him to maintain his gap to Ottinger, who visited pit road on Lap 24 -- effectively splitting the race in half. After completing their service, the two were once again chasing PJ Stergios, now joined by his brother Jake, who was on the same strategy. Conti quickly closed the gap thanks to his fresh tires -- and some nifty moves in traffic -- to draw alongside PJ Stergios into Turn 6 on Lap 33. Stergios did not put up a fight as he was due to pit. The pass put Conti in the lead with 17 laps remaining; seven seconds clear of Ottinger and nearly 30 ahead of the Stergios duo. With their fresh tires, it was a foregone conclusion that PJ and Jake Stergios would start closing the gap, but time was not on their side. However, the Stergios brothers caught a break with six laps to go when Allen Boes and Clampitt made contact trying to pass in Turn 5. Their battle continued into Turn 6 and when the dust cleared, the brothers were clear of both Boes and Clampitt with nothing but clean air between themselves and Ottinger once The TEAM's Kenny Humpe dropped out with connection issues. With the win, Stergios passed Alfalla in the series points standings and now leads by three points with four races to go. Jake Stergios is third, 67 points back, while Dylan Duval and Chris Overland, are tied for fourth, 24 points behind Jake Stergios. Week 13 sees the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series return to ovals with Michigan International Speedway the next stop on the schedule. The wide, two-mile oval offers room to pass and brings some interesting pit strategy into play should the race go green. With only three points separating the front two in the championship, look for Stergios and Alfalla to be strong once again. Can last year's Michigan winner Humpe spoil the party, or will Stergios and Alfalla be battling for the win once more? Find out in two weeks on iRacingLive when the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series visits MIS.