Two NASCAR teams suffer hauler catastrophes on the way to Kansas
Forget the phrase “I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore Toto”, for two NASCAR teams even getting to Kansas is proving difficult.
Early Thursday morning JTG Racing team owner Tad Geschickter released a statement saying that the hauler carrying the equipment for the No. 47 Ryan Preece team experienced a fire while traveling to Kansas Speedway.
No further information was available.
NASCAR is racing at Kansas Speedway this weekend with a race in the NASCAR Xfinity series scheduled for Saturday and the NASCAR Cup series on Sunday. JTG Racing races in the Cup series.
The incident comes not even 12 hours after Kaulig Racing, which fields a team in the Xfinity series, posted a statement that its hauler heading to Kansas had been destroyed in an accident in North Carolina.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the hauler driver had a “medical issue,” that ed to the crash. Both driver, Barry Sheppard, and co-driver, Barry Collins suffered minor injuries. The hauler is said to be totaled, along with damages to one of the race cars being transported.
In a later release the team said “Both hauler drivers have been released and are recovering at home. Thank you to all for your comments, prayers and concern. Our guys have been working diligently through the night to prepare an additional primary for Kansas, with help from our technical alliance partners at RCR.”
NASCAR haulers are the headquarters for the teams while at a racetrack. The modified tractor trailers carry the equipment, tools and support equipment needed to race on a given weekend. They also normally carry two racecars, a primary and a backup.