Millers Creek-based Haskett Bros. Racing was looking forward to competing this past weekend in the biggest drag race on the 2020 calendar. On their way to Indianapolis earlier this month, those hopes were dashed by a trailer transport fire that caused upwards of $500,000 in damages.
Driver Josh Haskett was entered in the Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. In the early morning hours of Sept. 1, Haskett left his home in Millers Creek along with wife Barbara, his father Bob Haskett and one crew member.
Later that day, fire destroyed the team’s transport trailer, tow vehicle, top alcohol funny car, two motors and spare parts. It’s believed a battery issue led to the fire, which occurred while driving on an Ohio interstate.
“We are home safe and are processing this speechless moment,” Josh Haskett said. “I want to thank God, my family, racing family, and everyone that has messaged from around the world.”
Haskett Racing, founded in 1965, did not have full coverage on the toter home and trailer, only liability. The team lost between $400,000 and $500,000 in a matter of seconds.
Haskett said the only thing that was not touched in the fire was the cross on his helmet. “Everything was destroyed, but the cross remained. I carried it to the back of the toter home and the state trooper’s and a group of firefighters’ eyes opened big as basketballs. The message was real even if they didn’t believe it. It was at that point that I realized if it touched one of those men, losing it all was worth it.”
Haskett Racing wants to rebuild but, with limited funds, they are asking the public for donations. A GoFundMe for the team has been started at www.gofundme.com/f/ help-rebuild-haskett-bros-racing.
“I’ve been struggling big time with this as I feel inside it can’t be over,” Haskett said. “But as always, I was yelled at by dad, saying ‘Knock it off, you didn’t do what you were supposed to yet.’ We stopped and thanked God for this as he tells us we need to. Not knowing what will happen, we are blessed. It could always be worse and he is in control and will always be.”