Hauler driver Steven Stotts, who drives a transporter for David Gilliland Racing in the ARCA Menards Series was killed in a highway crash in Longview, Texas, on Tuesday. Stotts was 54.
The team confirmed the tragic accident and death of one of its hauler co-drivers on social media.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, as reported by the Longview (Texas) News Journal:
Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sgt. Jean Dark said there was a death in the crash, but she did not have more specific information to release.
At 10:21 a.m., Dark said eastbound lanes of I-20 in the area had been reopened to traffic and that one westbound lane was moving.
Longview Fire Marshal Kevin May said crews responded to the crash. He said a call sheet indicated that at the time there was an 18-wheeler that was fully involved and that it contained race cars that were filled with fuel.
"We are deeply saddened to confirm the passing of Steven Stotts, co-driver for our No. 17 ARCA team transporter, that was involved in an accident early this morning near Longview, Texas," said David Gilliland racing said in a statement on Twitter. "Our deepest sympathies go out to Steven's family and friends."
Gilliland is a former NASCAR Cup Series driver who fields ARCA Menards Series cars for up-and-coming NASCAR stars Hailie Deegan and Tanner Gray in the Camping World Truck Series. Taylor Gray drives for DGR in the ARCA Series.
Gilliland raced in the NASCAR Cup Series from 2006 through the 2018 Daytona 500. DGR was formed in 2017 and in 2021 added former NHRA driver Johnny Gray as a co-owner. The team is based in Mooresville, North Carolina.
The ARCA Menards Series races at Phoenix on Friday.