Found July 01, 2013 on Speedway Digest - Home for NASCAR News: Yardbarker Blogger Network
PLAYERS: Denny Hamlin
When Denny Hamlin clobbered the Turn 4 wall at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday, the first thought of most who watched had to be, "Oh, no, not the back." Fortunately, there was no basis for concern for the driver who had missed four races earlier this season because of a compression fracture of his first lumbar vertebra. The impact on Lap 147 of the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was severe, and Hamlin was shaken up, but his back was fine. Team owner Joe Gibbs visited Hamlin in the infield care center after the wreck. Hamlin was released shortly thereafter. "I think our cars are so safe, and to show you, in 22 years, we've only had one person miss a race, and that was Denny, when he had the problem earlier this year," Gibbs told the NASCAR Wire Service. "So to be quite truthful, I didn't see it, so I was just going back, and I didn't realize he hit that hard.  "And so when I got back there (to the garage), he said, 'Man, I'...

Hamlin can't survive second blown tire

Denny Hamlin survived his first blown tire on Sunday, but not his second at Kentucky Speedway. Hamlin, who soldiered back and was running in the top 5 after a tire blew on Lap 38, hit the wall in Turn 4 on Lap 147. "Oh man, oh (expletive)," Hamlin radioed after the incident. After Hamlin fractured his vertebra on March 24 at Auto Club Speedway, the driver took the necessary...

Hamlin cleared to drive for Indianapolis test

Denny Hamlin was checked and cleared to drive Monday morning before taking his No. 11 car onto the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis for testing. Hamlin complained of headaches following a hard crash during Sunday's race at Kentucky. Neither Hamlin nor members of his team took questions from reporters after the test. Nine cars - five from the Cup Series and four from the Nationwide...

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin’s Chase chances gone after rough day in Kentucky

Sparta, Ky- The biggest question surrounding Joe Gibbs Racing and Denny Hamlin the last month has been if he has enough time to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup come September. The answer is becoming more and more clear as the weeks go on. Denny Hamlin missed four races early in the year after suffering a compression fracture in his lower back after a last-lap crash in Fontana back...

Salvage job

  The wreck on Lap 147 wasn't the only incident in which Denny Hamlin played a prominent role. Early in the race, he blew a right front tire, and as Hamlin drove slowly down the access road to pit lane, the casing separated from the tire and rolled onto the race track. Polesitter Dale Earnhardt Jr., the race leader at the time, couldn’t avoid the tire carcass and damaged the...
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