NASCAR Xfinity Series team hauler crashes on I-40, 2 hurt


MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. — A NASCAR Xfinity Series team hauler was involved in a wreck on Interstate 40 in McDowell County Wednesday afternoon.

WLOS reported that the crash in the Marion area left two people hurt.

The Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 5 p.m. on I-40 near mile marker 93. Troopers said the hauler was heading westbound when it went off the road to the right and through the guardrail on the shoulder before plunging down an embankment and overturning in the woods.

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Officials said the driver and passenger were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but they are expected to be OK.

Kaulig Racing announced on Twitter that while on the way to the Kansas Speedway, the No. 10 transporter was involved in a crash.

"Both our hauler drivers are alert and have been transported to the hospital for further evaluation," the team said. "As planned, our team will field two entries and compete for the win."

Ross Chastain is entered in the No. 10 Chevrolet this weekend for his fifth start of the year with the team. Chastain was announced Tuesday as the full-time driver of the car next season.

Kaulig also will field the No. 11 Chevy of Justin Haley in Saturday’s race.

The crash remains under investigation.