The NASCAR community mourns after the Hauler team crashes and catches fire in Texas en route to racing this weekend in Phoenix

NASCAR teams know that the next time a driver gets in the car, it may be their last time. Traveling at such high speeds, death is unfortunately part of the sport. On Tuesday, the NASCAR community was shocked to learn that one of the team’s carriers heading to this weekend’s races in Phoenix was involved in a fatal crash in Texas, killing the driver.

David Gilliland Racing suffers tragic loss in fatal crash with carrier

As the NASCAR Cup Series teams wrap up their West Coast Swing this weekend in Phoenix, the ARCA Menards Series teams head west into the desert for the second race of the season.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, David Gilliland Racing’s transporter was transporting Taylor Gray’s #17 ARCA team through East Texas near Longview when it contacted another car from behind and pulled over. crashed around 4 a.m. The carrier’s driver, Steven Stotts, was killed.

Two other passengers in the trailer were taken to a nearby hospital and are in stable condition. The driver of the other vehicle was also taken to hospital and is in stable condition.

Video and photos show one truck on its side in what appeared to be a fiery crash with charred wreckage and debris strewn across the highway, with the other vehicle also on its side.

The DGR team makes a first statement

The DGR team confirmed the news on Twitter and provided information for the weekend’s ARCA race.

“David Gilliland Racing has learned that our #17 Team ARCA transporter was involved in an accident early this morning near Longview, TX. The transporter was en route to Arizona for the ARCA Menards event. Friday Night Series at Phoenix Raceway.

“DGR and driver Taylor Gray’s participation in Friday’s event will be determined at a later date.”

The team provides an updated statement, confirming the death

The team, for which Hailie Deegan drives in the NASCAR Truck Series, later confirmed in a statement on Twitter Stotts’ death and mentioned the others involved.

“We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of Steven Stotts, co-pilot of our ARCA Team Carrier #17, who was involved in an accident early this morning near Longview, Texas. Our deepest condolences go out to Steven’s family and friends.

“John Zaverl and Michael Mizzelle, who were passengers on the carrier, were treated and discharged from a local hospital. Our continued thoughts are with the driver of the second vehicle involved in the accident.

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