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...