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Jimmy Means Racing Xfinity hauler catches fire

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Jimmy Means Racing Xfinity hauler catches fire
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Sep 29, 2015, 2:16 AM

A Jimmy Means Racing transporter suffered extensive burn damage during the trip from Kentucky back home to the team's headquarters Forest City, North Carolina.

Joey Gase, Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet
The burned hauler of Jimmy Means Racing carrying the car of Joey Gase
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The burned hauler of Jimmy Means Racing carrying the car of Joey Gase
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The burned hauler of Jimmy Means Racing carrying the car of Joey Gase

The small operation is fielded by former Sprint Cup driver Jimmy Means and entered the No. 52 Chevrolet Camaro with Joey Gase behind the wheel in this past weekend's Xfinity race in Kentucky, finishing 21st - their best result since Talladega (5th) in May of this year.

"Unfortunately our trip back home didn't go as well as the race did for us last weekend," a Facebook post from Joey Gase Racing read. "The teams transporter caught on fire about 80 miles from the shop & is completely ruined. Everything on our pit box (computers, seats, etc) are all destroyed as well.

"Also, keep our crew member Jared in your prayers as he sustained a hand injury while trying to help the firefighters."

Car is salvageable

The car was eventually removed from the scorched hauler and the team is hopeful that they can clean it up and be ready to race it at Dover this weekend.

"Took some redneck engineering but the team was able to get the cars out of the hauler," a second post read. "As far as we can see we will be able to use the same car for this weekend that we used in Kentucky. It will take A LOT of cleaning inside and out. Joey will also have to hold his breath for a few laps till it gets aired out a little bit.

The photos seen in this story were posted by transporter driver Walter Ostroski. There is also a video circulating of the interior damage, which appears quite severe on the first level of the hauler.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joey Gase
Author Nick DeGroot