Auto Club 400 Wreck: Denny Hamlin Suffers Broken Back

Mar. 2, 2013; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin during practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano have an ongoing feud that has resulted in back-to-back wrecks and altercations, but it is the wreck to end this weekend’s Auto Club 400 that ended with the more devastating result because of Logano’s retaliation.

Logano sent Hamlin head on into the wall on the final lap and Hamlin was taken from the crash on a stretcher.


Denny Hamlin suffered a compression fracture in his lower back during Sunday’s last-lap crash at Fontana, Calif.

Joe Gibbs Racing disclosed the injury Monday and said Hamlin was expected to be released soon from a Southern California hospital to return home. He has what is called an L1 compression fracture; essentially, the first vertebra in the lumbar section of his spine collapsed.

There was no immediate word on how long his recovery would take.

Logano was already viewed as a villian and he didn’t win himself any fans after his ass-tastic comments following the crash.

“He (Hamlin) probably shouldn’t have done what he did last week, so that’s what he gets,” Logano said.

Way to say you’re sorry, bud.

NASCAR will surely review the incident and hand out a hefty fine to Logano — at least they should. If he continues to pull of these types of stunts, drivers could end up with even more serious and devastating results. That is not a situation that NASCAR wants on their hands.

Topics: Auto Club 400, Denny Hamlin, NASCAR

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  • teetee

    Fine Logano for what? Racing hard and going for the win? His comments seem harsh now but he had no idea HAmlin was hurt. When drivers race side by side one of the cars can get loose. Happens all of the time. They were BOTH racing for the win. That is what drivers get paid to do and fans pay to watch them do it. So we should fine them for driving hard? Please. There should have been a barrier. Hope Hamlin gets well soon.

  • Keith Reust

    If he didn’t have an injury everyone would be bragging about this situation

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