Transporter for Michael Annett's race cars catches fire in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The transporter of race cars for HScott Motorsports driver Michael Annett caught fire Thursday in Texas, destroying both race cars as well as additional equipment Annett was expected to use this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

An Annett spokesman said its drivers were not injured, and the team tried to send additional cars in a spare hauler for the approximately 15-hour drive Thursday afternoon to Texas. But the cars were unable to reach Texas prior to the garage opening at 7 a.m. CT Friday, so Annett will use a backup car from HScott teammate Justin Allgaier. The transporter with cars that can be used as backup cars during the weekend and equipment should arrive around 2 p.m. CT Friday.

The fire occurred on westbound Interstate 20, and the Longview (Texas) Fire Department dispatched multiple units at approximately 12:20 p.m. CT, according to department fire marshal Johnny Zackary. The fire occurred about three hours east of TMS.

According to KLTV, driver Michael Dennis Smith and his co-driver were able to detach the cab from the burning hauler.

Haulers can carry two race cars, a primary and a backup, near the top of the vehicle, and the team said both cars were destroyed. Equipment is stored on the bottom level and also was damaged.

Annett, in his second full-time season, is 36th in the Sprint Cup standings.