NASCAR: Denny Hamlin Out for Six Weeks From Injury


Gary A. Vasquez-US Presswire


It was a day of bad news for Denny Hamlin, the Joe Gibbs Racing team, and the rest of NASCAR. Hamlin went to get checked out by Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates and was given a grim prognosis for his season.

After the wreck between Hamlin and ex-teammate then rival Joey Logano that drove Hamlin into the inside wall at this weekend’s Auto Club 400 race, he was diagnosed with a L1 compression fracture which unfortunately means that Hamlin will be out of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the next six weeks per doctor’s orders.

Dr. Petty will determine in the future when the Number 11 driver will be able to return to his ride and race. Hamlin’s future is entirely in the doctor’s hands, but he assured fans he would drive as soon as possible if it was his choice.


The biggest question on everyone’s mind is who will JGR choose to bring up to fill this empty seat? Who can step into these big shoes even for a short time? The most popular pick is Elliot Sadler, a repeat runner-up for JGR in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Another couple possible picks are Darrell Wallace Jr., the young Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series driver, and Brian Vickers who is an unlikely pick, considering his part time ride with Michael Waltrip Racing in the number 55 car.

No matter who JGR ultimately picks that will not come close to filling Hamlin’s shoes. It is so unfortunate to see the championship hopes of this Chase veteran take a dive like this from an injury out of their control.

Jake Thompson is a NASCAR Writer for Follow him on Twitter @JakeThomsponCU.