NASCAR Truck series driver Dean Thompson was injured in a hard crash on the front stretch at Texas Motor Speedway during Saturday’s Truck series race.
With 22 laps to go, Thompson’s truck got loose coming out of Turn 4 after tagging the outside wall; as his truck slid sideways the track, several other trucks dove into the grass to avoid it. That kicked up grass and dust that left the trucks behind going into a blind spot. Thompson’s truck was hit broadside by Matt Mills and sent spinning off the ground; after being turned Thompson’s truck was then hit on the opposite side by Trey Hutchens.
All the drivers climbed from their trucks, including Thompson. After climbing out though, Thompson lowered himself to the pavement. The AMR safety crew put Thompson on a backboard and transported him to the infield care center in an ambulance. The other drivers involved were checked and released while Thompson was still being evaluated after the race according to the team but was awake and alert. In a later update the team said Thompson would be transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
A few hours later Thompson himself took to social media to report that he was doing “good” and said “just getting some scans done then I’m gonna go have a beer when I get home!”
The race was red flagged for just over 15 minutes after the crash. Carson Hocevar went on to win the race on a double overtime finish.
Hey y’all, I actually deleted Twitter to do a detox for about a month but I’m back lol. Just to update y’all I’m doing good, just getting some scans done then I’m gonna go have a beer when I get home!
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