According to a report from the website RaceDayCT.com, the Tinio Motorsports rig hauling Bobby Santos, III’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car was involved in an early morning crash on the way back to the team’s shop in Massachusetts following Friday night’s TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT). Pictures of the crash, which occurred in the small town of Union, Connecticut, posted on the Whelen Modified Tour Facebook page indicate that the rig was totaled as a result of the crash.
Team manager Lawney Tinio told Shawn Courchesne of RaceDayCT that the driver of the hauler, Dennis Arcudi, suffered no injuries as a result of the crash.
“[Dennis] was just coming down the hill to [Interstate 84] and somebody coming up the hill was in his lane,” Tinio told RaceDayCT. “He couldn’t get away. The truck ended up off the road and into a yard and into a tree. Dennis was fine. It wrecked the tractor. It’s totaled. The other car was totaled. The guy that was in the other car, he got banged up, he had some cuts and bruises. I’m sure he’s having a bad morning. But he was alert.”
Fellow NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team owner Chris Our of Our Motorsports sent one of his team’s rigs to the scene to help the Tinio team get their hauler, including their No. 44 Modified, back to Massachusetts.
According to the report, nothing inside the team’s hauler was damaged and the team will be ready to go for Wednesday’s event at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
Santos and the Tinio Motorsports team finished fifth in the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford prior to the crash. The team currently sits fourth in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship standings.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Tina Smith/Dana Thomas