Furniture Row Racing transporter severely damaged in crash

The Furniture Row Racing team transporter and a team motor home

have been severely damaged in a crash near the NASCAR Sprint Cup

team headquarters in Denver, Colo.

“(The accident) hurt everything we had,” team general manager

Joe Garone said. “We can’t even get in the trailer. The back

door is so damaged you can’t get into it.”

According to several local media outlets, 12 people were injured

in the 34-car pileup Monday morning near Larkspur, Colo. The pileup

happened on northbound Interstate 25 at around 8:45 a.m.

Four semis were involved in the accident. All injuries in the

crash were non-life threatening, according to published

reports.

The Furniture Row team transporter and motor home were returning

to the organization’s home shop following Sunday’s

Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway when they ended up

in the middle of the crash.

Garone said the hauler did have the group’s Phoenix cars in it.

The team, with driver Regan Smith, is competing in the season

finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Sunday.

To get there, it’s getting a little help from Richard Childress

Racing.

“(RCR) immediately stepped up and said they had a race

transporter ready to go and they are going to meet our test

transporter at Homestead and we’ll swap our cars into their

haulers and race out of their hauler with their equipment,” Garone

said.

That type of reaction illustrates how close-knit the NASCAR

community is, especially when someone is dealt a setback.

“It goes to show you how these guys are out there beating,

banging and shaking their fists at each other and pushing each

other in the chest, but I’m telling you that you won’t

find a group that competes against each other any harder than these

NASCAR teams do, but you also won’t find anybody that will

rally around a team, organization or individual if they are in need

or in trouble,” NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds

said. 

Garone was obviously happy that there were no serious injuries

in the crash — and quickly applauded the efforts of another

one of the team’s driver’s.

“The real hero of the story in our little group was Gary Miller,

our coach driver, was following right behind the truck,” Garone

said. “He had a split-second decision to make of either running

into the back of our truck, which was just about stopped, or

running over cars. He chose to run head on into the back of our

hauler. When you saw the coach, you’re like, ‘I can’t

believe he did that.’

“It certainly could’ve saved a lot of lives as he took a

chance with his own there. That was an impressive thing.”

Garone says Miller is “bruised up” but OK after the

incident.