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Denny Hamlin Sidelined with L1 Compression Fracture

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 26, 2013) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) driver Denny Hamlin was evaluated today by Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates after suffering an L1 Compression Fracture during an accident on the final lap of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

Dr. Petty determined that Hamlin will not require surgery, but will need time to properly heal, which is estimated around six weeks time. Dr. Petty will make the determination when Hamlin will be able to return to racing this season.

No decision has been made on a replacement driver for Hamlin during his absence from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Kyle Busch Sweeps the Weekend at Fontana!

Kyle Busch was able to complete the weekend sweep at Auto Club Speedway this weekend with a thrilling finish in which he managed to avoid an accident coming out of turn four to take the checkered flag in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400.

Unfortunately that accident involved his teammate Denny Hamlin, who was racing Joey Logano for the win, but was sent spinning down across the track after contact from the 22 car. The No. 11 Camry hit hard into the inside wall of Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin was taken to the infield care center where he complained of back pain. He was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. He would be officially scored in 25th position for the race.
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Joe Gibbs Racing Heads to the West Coast

Denny Hamlin Quotes

What do you need to breakthrough for that first win at Auto Club Speedway?

“Fontana has turned into one of my favorite tracks. The surface has worn a little bit and you can literally run from the white line all the way to the wall, searching for where your car works best. We haven’t had a ton of success there. We have had some bad luck with tires or getting caught in wrecks, and I’m still looking for that first win. It’s big and wide and fast, and a lot of fun for the drivers. You need a lot of horsepower because the straightaways are long, and that place is tough on motors.”
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