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Event: UNOH 225


Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015


Venue: Kentucky Speedway - 1.5-Mile Tri-Oval


Length: 150 laps / 225 miles


Time: 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1


Owners Points Position: 9th






Spencer Gallagher

No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado


UNOH 225 Event Preview Iowa Speedway


Gallagher Getting an Education in Kentucky


Bluegrass Beginner... This years edition of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) annual stop at the Kentucky Speedway marks Spencer Gallaghers first NCWTS start at the Bluegrass States 1.5 mile tri-oval. However, the driver of the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet brings some Kentucky experience into his sixth NCWTS track debut of 2015. Gallagher has one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards to his credit at Kentucky in 2013 when he finished third.


S.T.E.M. This week, the No. 23 Allegiant Travel team is participating in the S.T.E.M. Essay / Pit Crew Immersion Program through Kentucky Speedway. The program offers high-school students the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics principles in racing and how they are applied in GMS Racings Chevrolets and at-track during race events.


Gallagher knows firsthand the importance of technology experience and its impact on performance. Before his racing career, Gallagher worked in Silicon Valley for a software company. He has a passion and talent for software and programming, and his professional technological experience illustrates importance of an education in the S.T.E.M. program. With the integration of simulation programs and technology that GMS Racing employs in house, Gallaghers background directly applies to the on-track performance of his No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet.


Rookie Year to Date On the strength of posting back-to-back top-10 finishes for the first time in his NCWTS career, Gallagher comes to Kentucky sitting sixth in NCWTS points, just six points out of the top five. Most recently, the Las Vegas native posted a track-best finish at Iowa Speedway, finishing seventh and has amassed one-top five and three top-10 finishes thus far in his rookie season. Nine races into the 2015 campaign, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender scored his season-best finish of second two races ago at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.


Kentucky Chassis... For his NCWTS debut at Kentucky, Gallagher will pilot GMS Racing chassis No 028. Crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz selected this Allegiant Travel Chevrolet after Gallagher drove it to a 10th-place result at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 028 was also in action earlier this year in Gallaghers track debut at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway where he finished 13th in the second race of the season.


Travel with Allegiant... Allegiant offers convenient, non-stop service to and from two locations servicing the Bluegrass area around Kentucky Speedway. Lexington, Ky. (LEX) and Cincinnati, Ohio (CVG) welcome flights from more than 10 markets, including Allegiants newest seasonal route from Cincinnati (CVG) to Myrtle Beach, S.C. (MYR). With low-low fares, nonstop flights, all-jet service and premier travel partners, Allegiant provides a complete travel experience with a great value without all the hassle.


Tune-In Alert GMS Racing hosts a weekly webcast series as a behind-the-scenes experience for fans. "Before the Green Flag" features race previews and storylines leading up to race weekends with interviews from drivers and all of the personalities that make up GMS Racing. Before the Green Flag can be found on the GMSracing.net Multimedia page, GMS Racings Youtube Channel, and at GMSRacingLLC on Facebook and Twitter.


Meet Spencer... Gallagher is scheduled to visit the VisitMyrtleBeach.com display with Allegiant Travel in the midway outside the main entrance at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. In addition to meeting Gallagher, fans can enter to win a vacation from Cincinnati (CVG) to Myrtle Beach (MYR) from Allegiant and collect the second of four collectible hero cards for 2015.



On what to expect in his first NCWTS start at Kentucky:

"Our GMS Racing team has put together some great Allegiant Travel Chevrolets on the intermediate tracks this year. We havent had the finishes on the 1.5 mile tracks that are indicative of how good our trucks are, but hopefully we can change that this week. I have an ARCA (Racing Series) start under my belt at Kentucky (Speedway), so were heading into the race with some experience. The bumps are the biggest obstacle at Kentucky because theyre everywhere on the racetrack. The place is constructed like the surface of Mars. You have to have a lot of compliance in the suspension at Kentucky more than anywhere else, because theyll (bumps) knock the truck clean out of the racetrack.


On what momentum GMS Racing brings to Kentucky:

Everyone at GMS Racing has been working so hard, and its nice to see our Allegiant Travel team starting to knock down good finishes, and my teammate, Brandon Jones and the No. 33 team as well. Our short track program has been strong, and our intermediate trucks are just as good. Our No. 23 Allegiant Travel team had a strong run at Charlotte (Motor Speedway) with this chassis back in May, and hopefully we have that speed again this weekend to continue our strong runs.

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