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Damn. SMH. We shared the video earlier this morning of the car crash Denny Hamlin got in on the final lap of the race yesterday and now it looks like we have some bad news.  He suffered a compression fracture of his lower back. Our thoughts & prayers are with Denny  & wishing him a speedy recovery!
Details after the jump…



Via David Newton | ESPN.com:

Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin suffered a compression fracture of his lower back in Sunday’s last-lap crash involving former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano at Auto Club Speedway.

Hamlin spent the night at a local hospital in the Fontana, Calif., area and was expected to be released on Monday to fly home to Charlotte, where Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates will evaluate him later in the week.

Team officials said it was too early to determine if Hamlin was at risk of missing a race until after he is evaluated by Dr. Petty. The Sprint Cup series has this weekend off, then resumes its schedule on April 7 at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin, who is 10th in points after five races, wrote on Twitter: “I just want to go home.”

Compression fractures of the spine typically are caused by a sudden, forceful injury.

Hamlin’s car hit the inside retaining wall head-on after being spun by Logano on the final lap. Hamlin’s car hit a small portion of the track where the SAFER barriers designed to reduce impact did not cover the concrete wall.

Hamlin climbed out of his car and immediately collapsed. He was carried off on a stretcher and then airlifted to a nearby hospital.


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