A fire broke out early last Monday morning damaging about forty percent of the ThorSport Racing Shop in Sandusky, Ohio. The shop houses four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams including two-time series champion and current series point leader Matt Crafton, Cameron Hayley, Rico Abreu, and Ben Rhodes.
According to ThorSport Racing Tea Manager David Pepper, the portion of the building destroyed by the fire housed the company’s car fabrication shop, however the entire 100,000 square foot facility is currently unusable. For all that was lost, some items were rescued.
Firemen helped push race trucks out, allowing the team to salvage 15 of the 18 race trucks in its fleet, and assisted team members getting the haulers out of the building so the teams would be able to compete this past weekend at Iowa Speedway. Competitors and local Sandusky residents have offered assistance, everything from food for the teams, parts and pieces for the trucks and even bringing equipment to the tracks for the team to use.
Despite preparing their race trucks in a nearby Kroger grocery store parking lot in the shadow of the damaged race shop, the team placed three trucks in the top ten at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night and all four trucks in the top twenty.
Despite being currently homeless, the team is focusing on continuing to race the entire schedule, including the upcoming race at Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday.