THOMASVILLE, NC - Dean Shaut, a crew member for Rick Ware Racing's NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series teams, died in a vehicle accident on Friday in North Carolina.
According to a release from the team on Monday, Shaut lost control of his Toyota Tundra truck while driving in Thomasville, NC. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stephen Masch, also a crew member with the team, was a passenger in the truck. Masch was airlifted to a hospital in nearby Winston-Salem, NC after sustaining spinal cord and head injuries.
The wreck occurred the night before the truck series competed in Darlington, SC.
"All of us at RWR are deeply saddened about the news and are suffering a great loss over this tragic accident," team owner Rick Ware said in a statement. "We can't express our condolences enough at a time like this to each of the families, and words alone right now just don't express our thoughts enough."
Shaut and Masch were both independent contractors for RWR.
A 20-year veteran in NASCAR, Shaut served as a fabricator and mechanic for such teams as Hendrick, Evernham and MB2.
Masch is a mechanic for RWR's No.15 team, driven by rookie Timmy Hill, in Nationwide.
Both men assisted with rookie Jeffrey Earnhardt's No.1 team in trucks.