After Jimmie Johnson’s Team Member was Rushed to Hospital, Petty Michael Jordan’s NASCAR Team’s Selfless Act Wins Hearts

Published 06/06/2023, 3:05 PM EDT

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Earlier at the World Wide Technology Raceway, there was a small mishap during the NASCAR Cup race. In the heat of the moment, some mistakes can happen due to stress. One such mishap befell the Jimmie Johnson and Richard Petty-owned Legacy Motor Club team, namely the #43 of Erik Jones. In NASCAR, the pit stops are a little chaotic, so there is usually a risk of injury for the pit crews. Unfortunately, the #43 crew got a brutal reminder, and the victim was Thomas Hatcher, who operates on the front tires. Likely, the 23XI Racing team, owned by Michael Jordan, stepped up to the plate.

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In the melee, Hatcher collided with another crew member and fell down. The good news was that the nearby 23XI Racing team decided to play Good Samaritan. To be precise, they allowed their front tyre changer Houston Stamper, to be substituted in. This was truly a great act of sportsmanship, especially considering that they are rivals and compete for different manufacturers. Admittedly, Stamper was on the crew that was servicing the #45 of Tyler Reddick. Reddick had crashed out earlier, but that is besides the point.

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It was a bit ironic to see Michael Jordan’s team help Jimmie Johnson’s

Michael Jordan is reportedly notorious for being uber competitive in any activity and could be a little petty. Apparently, he was not particularly well-known for big acts of sportsmanship, though he does have some rare moments. In fact, he had some heated moments with the likes of Steve Kerr, Rodney McCray, and many more. Even when he and Denny Hamlin established the 23XI Racing team, Jordan placed a lot of lofty expectations.

Despite this, the team saw fit to part with one of their crew members. They could have easily turned the other cheek and focused on their own race, but decided to opt for fairplay. The touched Legacy Motor Club later released a statement about their injured crewman. They wrote on social media, Thomas Hatcher, front tire changer on the No. 43 team who was injured on pit road in yesterday’s NASCAR Cup Series race, was treated and released from St. Louis University Hospital last night. We are relieved he is resting and recovering at home in NC. Also, a huge thanks to 23XI Racing for lending a helping hand when one of our own got hurt. The NASCAR garage is truly one family.

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Legacy Motor Club will be glad their NASCAR campaign is not derailed

To be perfectly honest, it takes more than one crew member being injured, to ruin a team’s campaign. However, Legacy Motor Club will be glad that Hatcher will be back in action, and they are at full strength. As for both teams, they both had contrasting fortunes in the race. Erik Jones ultimately finished in 18th place, while teammate Noah Gragson crashed out of the race.

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As for 23XI Racing, both of their drivers encountered brake issues and crashed out. Interestingly, both Bubba Wallace and Tyler Reddick had nearly identical accidents. To be precise, their respective left front brakes blew up and both cars were sent grinding into the wall and out of the race.

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