Following the theft, the NASCAR team was stuck at Kansas Speedway for several extra days; Team still intends to race Darlington
On Friday morning at 3:24am ET, Norm Benning’s Ford F-350 was stolen from the Comfort Inn Suites in Kansas City, Kansas. A police report was filed.
On Saturday afternoon, the team was preparing for the race later that night. However, they were also in the process of trying to figure out a way to get home.
Ahead of the race, Benning asked for help via twitter, “Would anyone in the Kansas City, Kansas area have a dually with a 5th wheel hookup? We’ll need to drive to PA to drop the trailer off. Trailer is 42 feet.”
In Saturday night’s race, Benning was parked by NASCAR for failure to meet minimum speed. Benning’s team communications indicated he had a wire come loose.
On Saturday night, the NASCAR Truck Series exited the garage area and the NASCAR Cup Series rolled in for Sunday’s show. However, Benning’s hauler remained parked.
Benning said on Sunday, “Many thanks to the NASCAR official who brought us the pizza and salad. We spent all night in the trailer in the truck garage and don’t have the proper credentials to leave and get back in. Hopeful our ride will arrive soon. He’s been driving all night.”
Norm Benning Rescued
On Monday, the team was finally able to find a truck and leave Kansas Speedway.
Benning tweeted Monday, “From being the last trailer left in the garage for over 24 hours. To having a great friend, Jerry come from Atlanta and driving throughout the night, in the matter of 15 hours we’re back at the shop. Huge thank you to Richard Petty and Richard Petty Motorsports continued.”
He concluded, “Huge thank you to RPM for stopping by and checking in on us, we appreciate the support more than you know. Another thank you to all the fans for the outpouring support. We’ll be back in Darlington.”
The NASCAR Truck Series will race on Friday night at Darlington Raceway. It’s the annual throwback weekend for the sport.