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Injury To Keep Hamlin Out Of Car For Weeks

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, March 27 2013

Denny Hamlin's 2013 championship bid is over. (RacinToday/HHP file photo bhy Gregg Ellman)

After being evaluated by a doctor, it was determined that Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin will miss a large part of the 2013 season because of an injury to his back.

Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates said that Hamlin suffered an L1 compression fracture during an accident on the final lap of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

Dr. Petty determined that Hamlin will not require surgery, but will need time to properly heal, which is estimated around six weeks time. Dr. Petty will make the determination when Hamlin will be able to return to racing this season.

No decision has been made by Joe Gibbs Racing on a replacement driver for Hamlin during his absence from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, March 27 2013
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