NASCAR – During the SpeedyCash.com 250 on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, driver Dean Thompson of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was hurt in a dramatic collision and was taken to a local hospital. The Californian driver, 21, from Anaheim, was having his best career performance before the crash with less than 25 laps to go.
After being pushed back in the pack on a late restart, Thompson, who had been running in the top five for the bulk of the race and had gone as far as fourth, was attempting to move back into the top 10 when he spun around Turn 4, hitting the outside wall before getting back into the action.
Then, after being struck broadside by Matt Mills’ advancing truck one more, Trey Hutchens struck Thompson once more. Thompson got out of his truck but fell to the ground right away. An AMR Safety Team attended to him there. Thompson was placed on a stretcher and put into an ambulance before being taken to the infield care facility for examination.
He was alert and awake, according to Thompson’s crew, and will be brought to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center for further evaluation. Thompson is currently taking part in his second overall and first full season of competition in the Truck Series with TRICON Garage. Before getting hurt, Thompson was by far in the finest run of his career. In 28 career starts, Thompson’s best finish to date was an 11th-place finish in Las Vegas in 2022.
Thompson’s crash was the most atrocious event in a race that went into extra overtime and ended in another serious collision. Nick Sanchez, who was battling Zane Smith for first place during the final lap, lost control of his truck as it approached Turn 1. Smith was killed when Sanchez pivoted and struck the exterior wall from behind. Carson Hocevar, who finished in third position, surged past the chaos to claim his long-awaited first Truck Series triumph.