Originally posted on On Pit Road  |  Last updated 3/30/14
Denny Hamlin hasn’t exactly had it easy the last couple of weeks, much less years. While some racers have experienced the worst luck on track, Hamlin’s bad luck has been surrounding his health. In January 2010, in a pickup basketball game with a few buddies, and tore a ligament in his left knee, but of course, he won a few races and almost the championship. In 2013, in the Fontana race, it was the last lap as Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin were fighting hard for the lead. When Logano got a little loose on the bottom as Hamlin was trying to pass on the top, pandemonium broke out, and it ended with Hamlin being loaded into a stretcher with a massive L1 Compression fracture, or a collapsed vertebra. In other words, Hamlin had a broken back. He didn’t get back into the car until the Talladega race, and was immediately replaced by relief driver Brian Vickers under the first caution. The next week at Darlington, he was back in his car full time. The rest of the season didn’t go as smoothly as planned,
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