DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR has confirmed that the sanctioning body will issue no penalties from last weekend’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in California.
NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp confirmed no penalties would be issued via Twitter Tuesday afternoon. The statement comes on the heels of Sunday’s intense finish to the Auto Club 400, which resulted in Denny Hamlin going to a local hospital after a last-lap crash with Joey Logano and a brief fight between Logano and Tony Stewart.
Hamlin and Logano were battling for the lead on the last lap of the race when they duo made contact in turn four, sending Hamlin hard into the inside wall. Hamlin was transported to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a L1 compression fracture in his lower back. He was released from the hospital late Monday and has since returned home to North Carolina. It is unknown if he will be cleared to race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on April 7.
Following the last-lap crash, Stewart approached Logano on pit road and a brief fight took place. Stewart later said he was unhappy with Logano blocking him during the last restart on lap 189. He later told a television reporter, “He wants to (expletive) about everybody else and he is the one who drives like a (expletive). I’m gonna bust his (expletive).”