Denny Hamlin Suffers Broken Back
FONTANA, Calif. – Denny Hamlin suffered a compression fracture in his back during the last-lap crash in the Auto Club 400 Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.
A compression fracture happens when a vertebrae in the spine collapses. Hamlin’s injury is to his lower back. These sort of injuries typically can occur in healthy people who suffer a vertical shock to the area.
Hamlin is still hospitalized near Auto Club Speedway, where he continues to undergo tests to determine the extent of his injuries. Hamlin hopes to fly home to North Carolina later today, according to the team. He will continue to be evaluated this week.
This is not the first time Hamlin has had back issues. He has been suffering from back spasms since 2008 and last year he admitted that he was battling torn and bulging disks in his back. That injury forced him to sit out practice sessions and skip a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
It is not known at this time if Hamlin will race in two weeks at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. He is a four-time winner at the .526-mile oval in Sprint Cup competition.