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Pit Road Mishap Dooms Gallagher at Texas

After starting from the pole at Texas Motor Speedway, it looked like Spencer Gallagher was on the verge of his first career NASCAR victory.

Gallagher, son of GMS Racing owner Maury Gallagher, led 88 laps in the Striping Technology 350 but ended up with a seventh-place result.

He had a dominating performance at the mile-and-a-half track, but GMS teammate Johnny Sauter, who clinched a Championship 4 berth with a victory at Martinsville last week, won his second consecutive race.

GMS has won the last three Truck races. Before Sauter’s win, ARCA Series veteran Grant Enfinger spoiled the Chase party with his first NASCAR victory at Talladega Superspeedway.

During the final round of pit stops under caution, Gallagher entered pit road as the leader, but his crew had trouble changing the right rear tire, and it cost the No. 23 team the lead and ultimately, the race.

Gallagher restarted seventh, and Sauter took the lead off pit road.

Said Gallagher, “It’s been nothing but amazing since we unloaded it off the truck. I got to hand it to this GMS Racing team as they’re strong. We lost this as a team, but if we pull one of these off, it’ll be as a team. But hey, that’s three [consecutive wins] for GMS Racing. I don’t think any other team is going to win a race this year. There’s a championship run coming out of this team.”

Although he’ll have to continue his wait for the elusive first victory, the 26-year-old was in good spirits after the race.

While Sauter did his post-race interview with FOX Sports from Victory Lane, Gallagher crept into the camera shot and briefly danced behind his teammate.

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Seemed like he was happy for Sauter, who will be one of the final four Chasers standing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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By John Haverlin

John Haverlin is currently studying Communication at Arizona State University. He has been a reporter at Phoenix International Raceway for three years and has written news stories for the track's official site. Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Haverlin has lived in Arizona the past three years.