On Monday, Joe Gibbs Racing released updated information on the medical status of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin. Hamlin was injured in a last-lap crash during the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. After the race, he was transported to a Fontana-area hospital.
According to the press release from JGR, Hamlin suffered an L1 compression fracture, which is a spinal injury. He was released from the hospital on Monday. He then flew home to the Charlotte, N.C., area and will undergo further evaluation by Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associations later in the week.
The incident occurred as Hamlin and Joey Logano were racing for the lead in the closing laps of Sunday’s race. The two drivers made contact that sent Logano’s car into the outside retaining wall and Hamlin’s head-on into the inside retaining wall. Hamlin was able to get out of his car under his own power, but collapsed right after getting out of the car. He was awake and alert during transportation to the hospital. Logano was uninjured.
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