Sep 28, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT
Denny Hamlin is looking toward the off-season as his best opportunity to get 100 percent healthy after what has been a very painful 2013 campaign.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver missed four full races while recuperating from a compression fracture in his back that he sustained in March during a last-lap crash at Auto Club Speedway.
Unfortunately for him, a chronic problem with bulging discs means that his back is still giving him pain, and according to the NASCAR Wire Service, surgery is still an option.
“I had some treatment done two weeks ago that usually lasts me about a month to a month and a half,” Hamlin said Thursday to the NWS’ Reid Spencer. “Just basically got some shots to relieve pain, and hopefully what it’s going to do is buy me a month and a half of relief to get healthy. The problem with our schedule is that I don’t have enough time at home to rehab and do all the things I need to do to get better, so I need the offseason.”
“Now I’ve got some relief. The last two weeks have been really great, as far as pain is concerned, so now I’m hoping this next month and a half – from now until the end of the season – I can spend time doing all the hard regimen stuff that I can do. That way I’ll see, if it’s not relieved by the end of that month-and-a-half term, whether I will need surgery or not.”
Hamlin finished second in his first full race back from his compression fracture injury at Darlington, but has had a dreadful second half of the season. His 12th-place finish last weekend at New Hampshire was his best result since June at Michigan – a span of 14 races.
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