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June 5, 2023

Crew member of No. 43 Legacy Motor Club injured on pit road; treated and released from hospital

Erik Jones drives at World Wide Technology Raceway
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Thomas Hatcher, the front tire changer for the No. 43 Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet, was injured on pit road during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Hatcher, who was changing tires for driver Erik Jones, got tangled up with another crew member and fell to the ground during a sequence of pit stops at Lap 180. A NASCAR spokesperson confirmed Hatcher was transported to an area medical facility and was awake and alert.

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Houston Stamper, the front tire changer for the No. 45 Toyota, filled in after the 23XI Racing entry crashed out of competition.

MONDAY UPDATE: Hatcher was treated and released from St. Louis University Hospital on Sunday night, according to the team.

Shortly after Legacy announced Hatcher had been released from the hospital, Joe Gibbs Racing stated the following:

“Hatcher, who is a member of JGR’s pit crew department, was serving as the front tire changer on the No. 43 car for Legacy Motor Club when he was injured during a stop. After an initial evaluation in the Infield Care Center at the track he was transported to the hospital for further testing. Hatcher has been cleared and has returned home. He will undergo the NASCAR concussion protocol this week and his status for this week will be updated.”