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Denny Hamlin will be sidelined at least six weeks because of a fractured vertebra sustained in a last-lap crash at California.
Hamlin was evaluated Tuesday by Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates. Petty determined the driver will not need surgery, but the L1 compression fracture in his lower back needs a minimum of six weeks to heal.
NASCAR is off this weekend, so Hamlin could miss only five races if the healing process meets Petty's estimate.
Joe Gibbs Racing said no decision has been made on a replacement for Hamlin, who is 10th in the Sprint Cup Series standings.
Hamlin was injured after a crashing with Joey Logano on the last lap of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Almost forgotten in all that Fontana drama was Kyle Busch, who earned his first victory of the season when he sped past Hamlin and Logano on the final turn.
But the final lap was a spectacle pitting Hamlin against Logano.
Logano eventually hit the outside wall at Fontana and managed to finish third, while Hamlin never made it to the line after hitting the inside wall with force. He received attention in an ambulance and was airlifted out due to traffic around the track.
As he finally left the hospital on Monday, he described the pain to FOXSports.com's Lee Spencer.
"I never felt this before," he said. "Really, my first reaction is I felt something pop in my back and that's why I was really trying to get out of the car as soon as I could because the position I was in . . . I couldn't breathe at all. Still having a hard time breathing. When I felt it pop, I couldn't move at all and I knew I had to get flat to my back to be able to breathe again -- so that's why I rushed out and then just lay flat on the ground to try to start breathing at that point."
As of Monday night, Hamlin had heard from many of his fellow drivers, but not from the one who caused the wreck -- Logano.
"I've heard from pretty much all my peers -- which has been humbling to say the least. It makes me really happy and keeps your spirits up when you hear from all your peers and everything," Hamlin said. "That part of it has been very encouraging."
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