After a wreck in the Final Stage of Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series showdown at Texas Motor Speedway, Dean Thompson, driver of the No. 5 TRICON Garage Toyota, was transported to a local area medical facility, where he was checked and later released.
A couple of hours after the race, Thompson took to Twitter to give fans an update on his status:
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!
— Dean Thompson (@deanthompsonr) April 2, 2023
Thompson did go home after he was released from the hospital early Sunday morning, according to his team. He will undergo further evaluations this week in advance of next weekend’s race at Bristol.
— TRICON Garage (@TRICONGarage) April 2, 2023
On a late restart, Thompson’s truck got loose and made contact with the wall, sending him spinning back down the track toward the field. Several trucks made contact with the No. 5, ending in a side-door collision with its passenger-side frame. Thompson was able to exit the truck under his own power but was carried into an ambulance on a stretcher after visible discomfort.
TEXAS: Results from Saturday’s race
Initially, Thompson was taken to the Texas Motor Speedway infield care center for preliminary evaluation, where he was awake, alert and being monitored by at-track medical staff. Following the conclusion of the race, he was taken to another medical facility for further assessment.
All other drivers involved in the incident were checked and released from the infield care center.