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Erik Jones’ tire changer released from hospital

Erik Jones' No. 43 Bommarito.com Chevrolet Camaro sits on pit road at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, June 4, 2023, before the start of the Visit Illinois 300. Photo: Joe Laracuente/TRE
Erik Jones’ No. 43 Bommarito.com Chevrolet Camaro sits on pit road at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, June 4, 2023, before the start of the Enjoy Illinois 300. Photo: Joe Laracuente/TRE

MADISON, Ill. — Doctors treated and released Erik Jones’ front tire changer Thomas Hatcher from the hospital Monday morning.

Initial reports said that Austin Dillion had made contact with Hatcher on pit road. However, the No. 3 team was quick to shoot down the report. 

Hatcher was reportedly awake and alert after the incident. Medics loaded him into an ambulance on a stretcher right on pit road and took him to the hospital.

Reports now say Hatcher and the tire carrier got tangled up as Jones entered the pit stall.

Legacy Motor Club confirmed Monday he was treated and released from a hospital in St. Louis. Hatcher is now resting and recovering at home in North Carolina.

Pit road at Gateway is only 22 feet wide, making it the narrowest pit road in the Cup Series. For comparison, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s pit road for last week’s Coca Cola 600 is 16 feet wider at 38 feet. 

The 23XI Racing team helped out the No. 43 crew, sending over Tyler Reddick’s tire changer Houston Stamper to fill in the remainder of the race. Reddick had wrecked out of Sunday’s race due to a blown brake rotor. 

The series now heads to Sonoma, California for the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway next Sunday, slated to begin at 3:30 P.M. EST on FOX. 

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