No one was injured but both Sprint Cup cars were lost after the HScott Motorsports car hauler for Michael Annett caught fire in east Texas while on its way to Texas Motor Speedway for this weekend’s AAA 500.
According to KLTV, the hauler was traveling on Interstate 20 near mile marker 595 in Longview, Texas, which is about 165 miles east of the track in Fort Worth.
The driver of the hauler, Michael Dennis Smith, told KLTV he and a passenger pulled over when he saw smoke and was able to detach the cab of the truck before any harm could come to it. Smith said the fire was near the back of one of the two cars in the hauler.
HScott Motorsports confirmed that both cars were lost as well as at-track equipment, but that backup cars were being sent to the track on another hauler and that the No. 46 would be in the Sunday’s race.
This is the second incident involving a NASCAR hauler this week. The hauler for the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Xfinity Series Ford was involved in a crash Wednesday in Louisiana.