John Wes Townley, Spencer Gallagher fined after Gateway altercation

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 23: John Wes Townley, driver of the #05 Zaxby's Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred's 250 presented by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 23: John Wes Townley, driver of the #05 Zaxby's Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred's 250 presented by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 23: John Wes Townley, driver of the #05 Zaxby’s Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred’s 250 presented by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

After a laughable tussle at Gateway Motorsports Park, Camping World Trucks Series drivers John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher were fined by NASCAR on Wednesday afternoon.

Townley, who initiated the fight (if you want to call it that), was docked a $15,000 penalty for his involvement. Meanwhile, Gallagher will have to fork over $12,500 for the altercation. Both drivers were placed on probation until Dec. 31, according to a NASCAR release.

The melee took place after the two drivers wrecked for the second time, leaving both trucks with heavy damage. What happened next was no laughing matter … OK, it was hilarious. It was so savage that it was spliced together with Jim Ross’ commentary.

Prior to the penalties being handed down, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell noted on SiriusXM why the penalties were treated differently due to the drivers exiting their vehicles.

“I think it’s a balance,” O’Donnell said. “I think we talk to the drivers, certainly we want them to show their emotions, but it’s a balance for us. We’d certainly like to see drivers if they’re going to express their emotions be outside of a race car. That’s where we really jump in and react when it’s drivers using their race cars beyond what’s normal in the race. That’s a huge issue for us and we’re going to react heavily when we have to.

“In this case, there still will be repercussions, for sure, but again we want to make sure drivers, if they’re going to do anything, are outside of their car, but certainly don’t encourage what happened at Gateway.”

While both drivers were penalized, there was some good news coming from the situation. Tony Stewart, who won the Sprint Cup race over the weekend, pledged his fandom for Townley after watching the fracas.

Just for fun, here’s a look at some of the best reactions from … alright, I seriously just ran out of words to use for whatever that middle school dance between two NASCAR drivers. Enjoy.

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