Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/4/14

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 07: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #18 Far Bureau Insurance Toyota, and Scott Wimmer, driver of the #29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet, drive during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2008 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Just a short time after NASCAR announced there would be no penalties handed down to Joey Logano or Denny Hamlin for their contentious racing that led to a last-lap crash Sunday at Fontana, some much worse news came for Hamlin. Hamlin is expected to miss "around six weeks" with the broken vertebra he suffered as a result of the crash, his team – Joe Gibbs Racing – announced Tuesday night. Video: CUP: Last Lap Wreck - Fontana 2013 It would deal a crippling blow to Hamlin's hopes of making the Chase if he is indeed unable to go for six full weeks – NASCAR is off this week, so he would miss five races. Hamlin and Logano hadn't been playing nice for most of the season. They entered into a Twitter spat after Daytona, then clashed again at Bristol a week before the Fontana wreck. On Sunday, the wreck coming out of the final turn literally handed Kyle Busch the victory and led to this punch-throwing exchange between Logano and Tony Stewart: Video: CUP: Stewart vs Logano - Fontana 201...
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