Fueling A Legacy: The Long-Shot Success of GMS by Jack Sheehan

Fueling A Legacy: The Long-Shot Success of GMS by Jack Sheehan

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"It's not stretching it too far to compare the growth of GMS to an acorn that becomes an oak tree. The NASCAR racing team that originated in Las Vegas and is now headquartered in North Carolina started that small, and in less than a decade has become a highly respected organization that has won a Truck Series championship and performed notably in the Xfnity Series.

Fueling a Legacy tells the story of how airline executive and entrepreneur Maury Gallagher offered sponsorship support to a talented teenage racer, Spencer Clark, more than a dozen years ago. After the tragic death of the young driver, and with his own son bearing the same first name and showing interest in auto racing, Maury tiptoed into the sport. As Spencer Gallagher's passion for racing grew, so did his father's competitive juices. Maury saw the world of NASCAR as fulfilling a long-held desire to compete in a demanding and challenging professional sport that was growing rapidly in national popularity.

After some difficult early-years' growing pains with GMS, a chance interview with a soft-spoken and multi-talented crew chief in 2014 proved fateful. In the last five-plus years, racing veteran Mike Beam has taken Gallagher's team to unthought-of heights. With a resume that reveals his close working connections with everyone from Junior Johnson to Richard Petty to Bill Elliott to Mark Martin and Carl Edwards and dozens more, Beam has used his life's passion and expertise to develop and oversee a NASCAR team that might be unprecedented int he last quarter century in its rapid rise to respectability. 

Using interviews with several big-name drivers in auto racing, Fueling a Legacy charts the full story of building a racing team from the ground up. 

We hope you enjoy the ride."

-J.S.