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Hamlin out at least six weeks

Mar 26, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

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Denny Hamlin will be out at least six weeks with his broken vertebrae, according to his team.

“I wish I got good news today. I didn’t,” Hamlin tweeted late Tuesday night.

Joe Gibbs Racing has not yet announced a replacement – a logical candidate is Elliott Sadler, one of the team’s drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Potentially, Hamlin could still make the Chase for the Sprint Cup as a wild card entrant if he wins enough races and remains in the top 20 in the driver’s standings.

Hamlin has made the Chase every year since he entered the series full-time in 2006.

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UPDATE: Denny Hamlin released from hospital

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  1. bru308 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Wow…. Messed with the bull and got the horns.

    • icemanpjn - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      Speaking of bull…

  2. gbar22 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Why is no one blaming the race trace auto club speedway for not having safer barriers where he hit the wall? I mean it was hard racing that caused the accident and the track failed to protect the drivers. They should be held accountable and all tracks should. You need safer barriers everywhere cause you never know where a driver is going to crash. I believe we saw this at Phoenix as well last year.

  3. worknman24hours - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Hamlin tried to wreck Logano ( which he succeeded) as Logano drove away from him and lost control oif his own race car all by himself,wrecking himself into the inside unprotected wall.

    Logano had nothing to do with Hamlin losing control of his own race car and wrecking it.

    Logano was already slamming into the outside wall from Hamlin hitting his car.

    You wreck people at your own risk and Hamlin is now out of the series for six weeks and probably as many races.

    Denny,just get better and come back healthy.

    Back injuries can stay with you a lifetime-I KNOW.

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