Jun 28, 2013; Sparta, KY, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) during qualifying for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Denny Hamlin Cleared To Drive Again

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Yesterdays race at Kentucky Speedway was a scary one for Denny Hamlin. He was checked out by doctors to see if he had suffered a concussion following yesterday’s race. Hamlin said he felt like he had a headache, and that he had his “bell rung” following a hard collision with the wall after his tire blew out.

This wreck was scary for Hamlin because just a few months ago, on March 24, he crashed at Auto Club Speedway in California and suffered a lower back injury and was out for 6 weeks. One injury in a season is bad enough as it is, Hamlin certainly wasn’t expecting to potentially deal with two. Luckily he said that after yesterday’s crash, his back felt fine and that there were no worries with the old injury.

It may be good news for his fans, to see that he will be back in action an soon as possible, but it doesn’t help his chances of making the Chase later on this season. He is currently 25th in points, and 104 points out of the scramble for a wild card spot in the playoffs. While the rest of the season may look bleak, Hamlin seems confident he can finish strong. And he’s not the only one; the car’s owner, Joe Gibbs, also believes that Hamlin could end up fighting for the title.

Joe Gibbs said this regarding Denny Hamlin’s situation,

Who knows what’s going to happen; we could get hot. I know he’ll be the favorite at several of these racetracks we have down the stretch over these next nine weeks. Who knows, maybe [there's] a miracle in there.

A miracle might be the biggest thing Hamlin needs to make the Chase, but with a couple of months left in the season, he better get started soon.

 

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