Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin has suffered a lower back fracture and will miss six weeks of action, according to what YouWager experts have learned.
The 32 year-old was injured in a last-lap crash involving former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin has suffered an L1 compression fracture and will not require surgery.
As of yet, no decision has been made on a replacement driver for Hamlin during his days away from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
However, oddsmakers have pointed out that one potential candidate to replace Hamlin is the 37 year-old Elliott Sadler, who drives Nationwide for JGR and is a former full-time Cup driver who has won three times in the Sprint Cup series.
In last weekend’s race, Hamlin’s car hit the inside retaining wall head-on after being spun by Logano on the final lap. The Florida native’s car hit a small portion of the track where the SAFER barriers designed to reduce impact did not cover the concrete wall.
He managed to climb out of his car and immediately collapsed. Hamlin was carried off on a stretcher and then airlifted to a nearby hospital.