NASCAR team loses two rigs en route to Portland International Raceway

Alpha Prime Racing struggles on the ‘Oregon Trail’; NASCAR picks up the hauler

This weekend, the NASCAR Xfinity Series is racing at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon. Alpha Prime Racing, based in Mooresville, NC, makes this the longest trip of the year.

Alpha Prime Racing fields three cars in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Leland Honeyman drives the No. 43, Dylan Lupton drives the No. 44 and Jeffrey Earnhardt drives the No. 45.

All three cars had major issues getting to the track this weekend. The team lost two rigs on the way to the track.

Tommy Joe Martins details the trip to Portland

“So both of our haulers had issues on the way to Portland Raceway,” Tommy Joe Martins stated via twitter.

“44/45 Hauler – Truck broke down in St. Louis (was quoted 24k to fix it, won’t be doing that).”

“43 Hauler (w/backup car) – trailer blew all the air bags near Kansas City, couldn’t be repaired til Sunday earliest.”

“All of this thread to say, Portland is a long way away, and hauler drivers are the unsung heroes of the sport. Obviously our trip went to hell in a handbasket, and it isn’t over yet. Still gotta get the trailer repaired & a backup truck.”

“Jeff volunteered to fly back & get it.”

“Clearly your guy here could do a better job with logistics. I’m looking into trailers & trucks but gotta figure out what to do with what we’ve got first. LOTS of people offered to help the last few days so big thanks to them. If you’ve got haulers/truck recs, send em over.”

And… Another broken truck.

“Update – the other truck just broke 200 miles away. NASCAR is helping me coordinate getting a spare truck to the trailer to bring it in the rest of the way.”

“Update – truck 2 has a blown motor. It’ll just be a casualty of the Oregon Trail. NASCAR truck has picked up the trailer & they’re rolling 2 hours from the track. Dually is about 4 hours away”

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