Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Shutdown At Sharp Gallaher Racing

Sharp Gallaher Racing laid off virtually all of its employees yesterday in the aftermath of an apparent dispute between partners Eddie Sharp, Jr. and Bill Gallaher.

SGR employees were informed yesterday that the team is shutting down, and all but one employee was reportedly laid off. Multiple sources say the shutdown occurred after Gallaher informed Sharp that his services would no longer be required. Sources close to the situation say the team may subsequently be reopened under Gallaher’s sole ownership.
Bill Gallaher
Gallaher, a resident of Santa Rosa, California, is a successful real estate developer specializing in premium retirement communities and serves as Chairman of the Board of First Community Bank, based in that community. He was announced as Sharp’s new partner on August 7 of this season, with Gallaher saying of his new partner, "Eddie has proven he is a winner, not only in racing but also as a person which is exactly what I look for in a successful business combination. (I) look forward to using my expertise to bring this team to a new level of success.” 
Sharp has crafted a lengthy resume in the sport. He formed Eddie Sharp Racing in 2005 and quickly became one of the dominant forces in ARCA Series racing. He won the 2009 ARCA championship and finished second in 2007, 2008 and 2010, winning a total of 19 races. He moved to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011 after purchasing many of the assets of Kevin Harvick, Inc., and won a pair of races in 2012 with drivers Justin Lofton and Cale Gale.
The team fielded Camping World Truck entries this season for a number of different drivers, including Lofton, Austin Dillon, Max Gresham and Daniel Hemrick. SGR finished a season-high third with Gresham at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, Lofton finished fourth in the 2013 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Sharp was unavailable for comment today, attempts to contact Gallaher were unsuccessful .


  1. I wonder if this is Rick Ren's next stop! What is the word on Hornaday also.

    I, also, wonder how this situation ties into Trey Hutchen's plans for next year.

  2. Anonymous1:39 PM

    I am sick and tired of outsiders with money coming in running our guys out of their own race teams! This has to stop some how some way!!
    (i.e George Gillette, Brandon Davis, Bill Gallaher)

    It's ludicris these "business men" can get by with this.

    1. Anonymous5:30 PM

      Really????? Outsiders w/ Money Make it what it is. You think Sharp has Money????? It ain't hard if you can pay your bills and know how to balance a check book. this is what happens when poor decisions and Greed come into play. Mostly Greed!

    2. Anonymous6:34 PM

      If they were able to run their teams successfully, they wouldn't have to look for outside businesspeople.

    3. long time racer guy10:35 PM

      They can't run a team with out money....That's why there are sponsors, partners etc. Takes millions to run a team for 1 season even in arca or K&N series, multi millions fo trucks ,Nationwide, More than that for cup. this day and age it takes Approx $150,000-$200,000 to run a local track, sat night show. It's all about the money...unfortunatly.