David Gilliland Racing is a team out of North Carolina. They field machines in the NASCAR Truck Series as well as the ARCA Menards Series.
A photo from the crash scene can be seen below.
The team is owned by David Gilliland and Johnny Gray.
On Tuesday, the hauler for the No. 17 was involved in a highway crash. The crash happened in Longview, Texas as the team was en route to Phoenix Raceway.
The crash shut down the Westbound lanes of I-20. Police first reported the crash around 5:30am. Around 7:00am, the Eastbound lanes were also closed to help with cleanup.
Race fuel further ignited the hauler after it was turned on it’s side according to the fire department.
Driver of the hauler, Steven Stotts was pronounced dead at the scene according to Texas Highway Patrol.
Passengers John Zaverl and Michael Mizzelle remain in stable condition. The driver of the other vehicle also remains in stable condition.
Taylor Gray won three ARCA Menards Series West races in 2021.
On Tuesday morning the team issues the following statement:
“David Gilliland Racing has learned that our No. 17 ARCA team transporter was involved in an accident early this morning near Longview, Texas.”
“The transporter was en route to Arizona for Friday evening’s ARCA Menards Series event at Phoenix Raceway.”
“DGR and driver Taylor Gray’s participation in Friday’s event will be determined at a later time.”
ARCA Menards Series: Statement
On Tuesday afternoon, the ARCA Menards Series released the following statement:
“We are saddened to learn David Gilliland Racing hauler driver Steven Stotts lost his life in a traffic accident en route to this weekend’s race in Phoenix.”
They added, “The NASCAR and ARCA communities send our thoughts and prayers to Steven’s friends, family, teammates and those individuals injured in this incident during this difficult time.”
The ARCA Menards Series is a division of the NASCAR ladder system.