By AMANDA VINCENT
A transporter hauling the primary car, backup car and other equipment for the No. 46 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet team of driver Michael Annett caught fire on Interstate 20 in Longview, Texas, en route to Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track.
The trailer, both race cars and other equipment on the trailer have been declared a total loss. The team will be sending another tractor trailer with backup cars, etc., to Texas for this weekend’s race.
Transporter driver Michael Smith and another passenger were not injured. The incident shut down the westbound lates on the highway. After the incident the following tweet was sent out via the official HScott Motorsports Twitter account:
“The No. 46 hauler caught fire today on way to TMS. Happy to report everyone is safe. Expect 46 to race” — HScott Motosports (@TeamHSM51)
Smith told a local television station that the fire was around the back of one of the race cars in the enclosed trailer and did not reach the tractor cab. He and the passenger unhooked the trailer from the tractor.
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