Two NASCAR team haulers have experienced trouble on the way to this weekend’s races at Kansas Speedway with two incidents in a span of less than 24 hours.
Kaulig Racing announced Wednesday evening that its No. 10 Xfinity Series team hauler had crashed on the way to the 1.5-mile track. Thursday morning, JTG Daugherty Racing announced that its No. 47 Monster Energy Series team hauler had suffered a fire, and that the team was assessing the damage to its equipment. A statement from JTG on Friday said the No. 47 team would work out of the Hendrick Motorsports test hauler, and the original backup No. 37 car will serve as the primary No. 47 at Kansas.
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WLOS-TV reported that the Kaulig Racing crash took place on westbound Interstate 40 in McDowell County, just east of Asheville, North Carolina. FOX Carolina reported that state troopers indicated that a medical issue with the driver caused the crash, forcing the tractor-trailer through a guard rail and down an embankment.
FOX Carolina also reported that the driver and co-driver were taken to a local hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Kaulig Racing said Thursday morning that both had been released from the hospital to convalesce at home.
Kaulig Racing president Chris Rice indicated Wednesday that the organization intends to field its two-car effort as planned for Justin Haley’s No. 11 Chevrolet and Ross Chastain’s No. 10 at Kansas. In a Thursday update, Kaulig Racing said that the team was preparing an additional car for Kansas, working with team partner Richard Childress Racing.
JTG Daugherty team owner Tad Geschickter said in a statement that both drivers of the No. 47 hauler were OK after their incident. “We are assessing the damage to our trailer and race cars and will have more information as it becomes available,” Geschickter said.
Ryan Preece is in his first full-time season driving the No. 47 Chevrolet for the JTG Daugherty team.