Two Tire Changers Injured During NASCAR Cup Enjoy Illinois 300 Race

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Two tire changers were injured in separate accidents Sunday during the Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Thomas Hatcher, the front tire changer for Erik Jones, was transported to a local hospital after being injured during a pit stop that occurred in the sixth caution period. Reports said Hatcher and tire carrier Matt Hermanson became entangled and Hatcher went down as Jones slid his Chevrolet to a stop. A crew member from Tyler Reddick’s team stepped in for Hatcher for the rest of the race.

A.J. Rosini, front tire changer for Denny Hamlin, lost part of his canine tooth and received eight to 12 stitches in his lip after an air regulator broke and the hose hit him in the face. Rosini resumed his duties after being treated at the infield care center during the event’s first of three red flags.