Roush Racing Crew Member Killed

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Roush Racing is mourning the death of Dave Rush, who was killed Saturday night on Lake Norman when the boat he had recently purchased collided with another vessel.

Rush, 49, was a native of Elkhart, Ind. and had been with the Roush organization for the past four years. Rush had been working as a fabricator with the No. 97 John Deere Ford team during the week and as the gas catch can man on race day.

Crew chief Jeff Hammond said that Roush officials refrained from telling him or the team of the situation until the conclusion of the MBNA 400 on Sunday because it would have devastated the squad.

Hammond said that Rush was the ultimate team player.

"He would do anything for anybody," Hammond said. "He was very good at what he did and a lot of the younger guys would go to him for advice. It’s a very tragic loss for all of us."

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