The Dance of the Race Car Haulers at Michigan International Speedway

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The Lasco Press brought you a story about NASCAR Race Car Haulers in June of 2016. We interviewed a truck driver from Richard Petty Motorsports about what it’s like to drive those big rigs from track to track. The attention the rolling sponsor billboards draw and the challenges of squeezing the big trailers into the available space at the racetrack.

We found out some things that might surprise the casual fan. Hauler parades are popular at some of the tracks the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visits. Including a scheduled cavalcade through town and to the speedway. Most tracks have a truck wash on-site to clean up the rigs after the long road-trip. Sponsors want those images on the trailer sharp and clean.

Only the heartiest of fans and the weeklong campers get to see the hauler’s dance. Arrival at the track is usually Thursday afternoon. Here is a look at the process, which normally takes one to two hours, sped up for easy viewing.

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There is an order to the procession of trucks into the track, it’s based on driver point standings. So current championship points leader, Martin Truex Jr.’s (78) hauler driver will have the first choice of the premium parking spots. Accommodations are made to allow teams to park together. So, Truex’s teammate Erik Jones(77) truck driver will pull in next to Truex’s spot.

Watching the Race Car Haulers Park at Michigan International Speedway

Michigan International Speedway Hauler Parking

The garage parking places fill up and teams begin to unload cars and gear into the garages. With garage spaces also determined by points standings. The tracks personnel provide assistance in signaling the drivers and lining up the rigs. Michigan International Speedway is one of the favorite tracks for hauler drivers. Plenty of space to maneuver, easy going track personnel, and a police escort out of the track after the race.

 

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Steve Sweitzer
Steve is the Sports Editor for the Lasco Press and highlights our coverage of NASCAR and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Steve is a nationally published author of automotive related articles for industry trade magazines, a freelance technical writer, and a contributing author to a consortium that provides “how to” articles for eBay Buying Guides. A 25-year resident of Southeast Michigan, Steve’s passion for reporting on our community, it’s residents, and our automotive connections allow us to use his skills to cover a number of events. Steve’s ability to seek out the unique behind the scenes accounts that tell the often-overlooked aspect of a story makes for entertaining reading. Follow Steve on the Lasco Press with weekly NASCAR updates and featured articles.

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