Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/29/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14: Denny Hamlin, sits aboard the #11 Fed Ex Ground Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14, 2009 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin has suffered a broken vertebra in his lower back, according to a team release. Hamlin suffered an L1 compression fracture in a crash on the final lap of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. He was battling driver Joey Logano for the win when contact from Logano sent Hamlin's car into the inside retaining wall. According to the team, "Hamlin hopes to be released today to fly to his home in North Carolina where he will be evaluated by Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates later this week."
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