Injury Will Sideline Hamlin Six Weeks

Denny Hamlin will host his seventh-annual celebrity Late Model race on April 24 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. (NASCAR Photo)
Denny Hamlin will miss approximately six weeks of action after breaking his back at Auto Club Speedway. (NASCAR Photo)

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Denny Hamlin won’t require surgery to fix his broken back, but he won’t be back in a race car anytime soon.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced late Tuesday that Hamlin will miss approximately six weeks of action while recovering from injuries suffered in the last-lap crash in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

Hamlin was evaluated Tuesday by Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates after suffering an L1 compression fracture during the accident. Dr. Petty determined that Hamlin will not require surgery, but will need time to properly heal, which is estimated around six weeks time.

No decision has been made on a replacement driver for Hamlin during his absence from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

NASCAR announced earlier Tuesday that no penalties would be issued as a result of the incidents at Auto Club Speedway.