Saturday at Roebling Road Raceway in April was an emotional day for all who knew and loved Michael Sean Gallagher, who passed away April 1. At lunch, the most epic tribute to Gallagher’s life and love of motorsports was displayed with the “Last Lap” for this fierce competitor.

A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Gallagher was also an officer with the Chatham County Police Department, serving in various roles through the years, including a volunteer tactical flight officer with the aviation unit. Gallagher served as a police offer for 10 years.

Having his No. 45 stock car back out on track with the Super Touring drivers who knew and loved his competitive spirit was truly heartbreaking and brought back so many memories. The helicopter you see in the photos was one Michael flew in the past, and the escort on the parade laps by police on motorcycles was his other life as well. Such a tough day to say goodbye to him in a place he loved so much. Michael, you may be gone but you will never be forgotten.

The Thunder Race was later that afternoon so we all had some time to get our heads back in the game.

The weather was great and NASA Southeast Super Touring had 13 total drivers for the Spring Brake event at Roebling Road Raceway. There were caution flags flown during the Saturday race due to a vehicle with motor failure and others that went off track due to oiling on the track surface. The Sunday races went without incidents and clean, fun racing was had all weekend with this series!



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