Shocking Pit Road Accident Leaves Reaume Brothers’ Employee Grievously Injured Amidst Carson Hocevar’s Homestead Sweep

Published 10/22/2023, 1:45 AM EDT

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Motorsports have always been a dangerous profession, and Homestead Miami Speedway was an example of man versus machine. Moving at three-digit speeds can be a risk to property as well as one’s health. While NASCAR has always looked to be the flagbearer of race safety, one can never negate the risk factor completely.

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Reaume Brother Racing pit crew member Cory Selig got to experience that side of NASCAR at Homestead. The #33 truck’s front tire changer suffered an unfortunate knock from his driver and will have to undergo a checkup at a medical center in Miami for further evaluation of his condition.

Reaume Brothers await medical reports of Cory Selig

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The accident happened as the result of a misunderstanding between #33 driver Memphis Villarreal and #29 driver Mason Maggio. Villarreal was about to box his truck as Maggio went ahead of him by a whisker. This surprised the Reaume Bros. driver, who slammed the brakes hard and slid out of the box uncontrollably. The skidding truck went on to hit Selig, who was rushing to do his duties as a crew member. An official announcement from the team on Twitter revealed that Selig suffered a cracked sternum and multiple cracked ribs following the crash.

The official stated, “During today’s race at Homestead Miami Speedway, front tire changer Cory Selig was involved in an accident on pit road. Selig has been transported to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami, FL, in which a cracked sternum and several cracked ribs were discovered.

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Cory will be held overnight in Miami for further evaluation. Reaume Brothers Racing would like to thank everyone who responded to Cory’s aid at the scene, the AMR Safety Team, all medical personnel at the track, as well as personnel at Jackson South Medical Center. We look forward to his return to the racetrack.”

Further tests and examinations will be continued at Jackson Medical Center in Miami, and the injured crew member will have to stay overnight at the hospital. Villarreal made his only second start in the #33 Ford and his fourth start in the Craftsman Truck Series. The 21-year-old made his only start in Nashville earlier this year.

Carson Hocevar blitzed past everyone in Homestead Miami Speedway

The 20-year-old Cup-bound sensation shone on the track again at Homestead. Carson Hocevar racked up a series-high fourth win along the way and led his team to the upcoming battlefield at Phoenix. Voicing his delight at being able to finish first despite not starting the race in P1, he said, “Our Worldwide Express Chevrolet was so fast.”

” I was bummed yesterday when we didn’t get the pole because I knew the speed that our truck had. I’m glad that we could show that today and put ourselves into the final round of the playoffs. We’re going to do everything we can to bring that championship home.”

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In stage 1 of the 134-lap race, the #42 truck had to cope with overheating issues that came up due to debris on the grille. This hindered him, although he finished third in the first stage. The stage break saw him bring in four new tires, fuel, and no debris. Carson Hocevar used this to his advantage and stayed close to the leaders up until a caution flag came out during the final laps of stage 2.

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On the restart, Carson Hocevar started outside the top 10, having to work his way back up to the top. The pass on former champion Ben Rhodes was the final one for him. He held on to his lead tightly as a fourth win for the season looked imminent.

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Ansuman Abhisek

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Ansuman Abhisek is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. With a strong affinity for automobile design, it didn't take long for him to translate that into his love for the sport. He is a big admirer of Kyle Busch and believes that the Richard Childress Driver still has his best years ahead of him along with his ability to walk the talk.
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