“Narrow and straight is the road of righteousness, as they say, and all it takes is one slip-up in life to really affect it and take a lot away from you,” Gallagher said during an interview on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio with Claire B. Lang. “I feel I did lose a lot. I’m so grateful to be back in the seat come Kentucky and to be back in NASCAR competition.”
Chase Elliott will drive the No. 23 car for the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250. Elliott, Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley and Alex Bowman have split driving duties in the six races Gallagher has been absent.
Gallagher, who said he will attend Friday’s race as a spectator, currently sits 14th in the points standings, but is ineligible for the postseason. However, he said he is still eligible to win an owner’s title for GMS Racing.
“The way I look at it, I’ve got two objectives from here to Homestead,” Gallagher said. “I’m going to try and win as many races as I possibly can for GMS and do as best I can. I’m going to triple down my commitment with everything I’m trying to do for this team. By God, I’m going to try and get us an owner’s championship.
“(The owners) put their hearts into this, and the least I can do after all this is pull my end and make sure we see some results out of this year.”
Elliott will race with sprained ankle
Speaking of Chase Elliott, it turns out he will play through the pain during this weekend.
Elliott tweeted on Thursday morning that he sustained a sprained ankle while “horsing around at the pool.” He said X-rays came back negative and that he’ll be “good to go” for double duty.
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