ThorSport Racing plans to compete at Iowa Speedway despite shop fire

BY foxsports • June 14, 2016

After an early Monday morning fire damaged ThorSport Racing's home shop located in Sandusky, Ohio, the team still plans on competing in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway.

According to team manager David Pepper, the fire destroyed the fabrication shop, which is comprised of multiple rooms.

"We're going to get the fire put out and assess where we're at," Pepper told the Sandusky Register on Monday. "In four days, we're going to go to Iowa and race like we always do."

Keith Wohlever, Perkins Township fire chief, says he believes there was no foul play regarding the incident.

"It doesn't appear to be suspicious (in origin), but with this kind of dollar loss, we want to be diligent in (our investigation)," Wohlever told the Sandusky Register.

Nearly 40 percent of the shop needed to be demolished in order for firefighters to reach other hot spots in the ceiling of the structure.

The team was able to get each the transporters out of the building, which received no damage, holding one race truck and at-track pit boxes inside.

Pepper believes they will be able to salvage seven or eight trucks, as well as various other equipment from inside the building.

ThorSport, owned by Duke and Rhonda Thorsen, fields entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Matt Crafton, Cameron Hayley, Ben Rhodes and Rico Abreu.


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