NASCAR: Denny Hamlin out 6 weeks with fractured vertebra - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

NASCAR: Denny Hamlin out 6 weeks with fractured vertebra

Posted: Updated:
  • SportsSportsMore>>

  • Hokie Newcomers Make Waves Early

    Hokie Newcomers Make Waves Early

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:36:52 GMT
    Associated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech entered its season opener with 32 players on the dress squad who never had played in a collegiate game for the Hokies, including 17 true freshmen and a starting quarterback who transferred in over the summer.Considering what transpired on the field, head coach Frank Beamer came out of the game feeling rather positive about his team's potential for this season.Behind...
    Associated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech entered its season opener with 32 players on the dress squad who never had played in a collegiate game for the Hokies, including 17 true freshmen and a starting quarterback who transferred in over the summer.Considering what transpired on the field, head coach Frank Beamer came out of the game feeling rather positive about his team's potential for this season.Behind...
  • Brewer and Hokies win opener vs. William and Mary

    Brewer and Hokies win opener vs. William and Mary

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:53:49 GMT
    JIMMY ROBERTSONAssociated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Michael Brewer threw for 251 yards with two touchdown passes, and Virginia Tech beat William Mary 34-9 in the season-opener for both teams on Saturday.Brewer, a transfer from Texas Tech, completed 23 of 30 passes, including touchdown passes of 13 yards to Isaiah Ford and 8 yards to Bucky Hodges.Virginia Tech pulled away by scoring on three straight drives and four...
    JIMMY ROBERTSONAssociated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Michael Brewer threw for 251 yards with two touchdown passes, and Virginia Tech beat William Mary 34-9 in the season-opener for both teams on Saturday.Brewer, a transfer from Texas Tech, completed 23 of 30 passes, including touchdown passes of 13 yards to Isaiah Ford and 8 yards to Bucky Hodges.Virginia Tech pulled away by scoring on three straight drives and four...
  • North Cross looks strong against VES

    North Cross looks strong against VES

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:00:03 GMT
    WSLS's 1st and 10 extended over in to Saturday during week one of the high school football season. North Cross hosted Virginia Episcopal in a game dominated by the Raiders. The Raiders defense was hungry all game long, and the Bishops quaretback Paddy Cotter didn't have much time to get things done in the pocket. The raiders showed off many of their offensive threats, with Maurice Garrison, Dre Colston, Justin Wright ...
    WSLS's 1st and 10 extended over in to Saturday during week one of the high school football season. North Cross hosted Virginia Episcopal in a game dominated by the Raiders. The Raiders defense was hungry all game long, and the Bishops quaretback Paddy Cotter didn't have much time to get things done in the pocket. The raiders showed off many of their offensive threats, with Maurice Garrison, Dre Colston, Justin Wright ...

JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer

    
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Denny Hamlin will be sidelined at least six weeks because of a fractured vertebra sustained in a last-lap crash at California.
    
Hamlin was evaluated Tuesday by Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates. While it was determined Hamlin won't need surgery, the L1 compression fracture in his lower back needs time to heal.
    
"Dr. Petty will make the determination when Hamlin will be able to return to racing this season," Joe Gibbs Racing said in a statement.
    
While there was no official word from Hamlin in the statement, he tweeted: "I wish I got good news today.. I didn't."
    
Hamlin has made 264 consecutive Sprint Cup Series starts, 13th most among active drivers. He raced two weeks after undergoing knee surgery during an off week in 2010, and completed the race at Phoenix without a replacement driver despite obvious pain.
    
If he heals according to Petty's estimated timeline, he'd only miss five races because NASCAR is off this weekend. But among the next five are stops at Martinsville and Richmond, where the Virginia-raised driver has a combined six wins. He also hosts and competes in an annual charity race at RIR.
    
Joe Gibbs Racing said no decision has been made on a replacement for Hamlin, who is 10th in the Sprint Cup Series standings. But the team has former Cup regulars Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers in its stable in the Nationwide Series, and both will likely get seat time in the No. 11 Toyota.
    
Vickers is scheduled to drive the Sprint Cup race at Martinsville for Michael Waltrip Racing.
    
Hamlin was injured when his car hit head-on into an interior wall at Auto Club Speedway after contact with Joey Logano.
    
Hamlin and Logano have been feuding over the last month, and neither wanted to give an inch as they raced side-by-side on the last lap for the win. Both cars ended up wrecking after the contact.
    
NASCAR ruled that neither driver was trying to intentionally wreck the other during the battle, and no penalties were issued Tuesday. NASCAR chairman Brian France said earlier Tuesday that while Hamlin's injury was unfortunate, the battle for the win was the kind of throwback racing he expects out of the drivers.
    
"I have said repeatedly, every minute, that contact, especially late in the race when you are going for a win, that's not only going to happen - that's expected," France said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "Both of them did exactly what I think you would do when you really, really want to win. Getting some contact, trying to race extra hard to win the race, that's what we're about."
    
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the last championship-level driver to sit out, missing two races last season in the middle of the Chase for the Sprint Cup because of concussions. Vickers missed more than half of the 2010 season because of blood clots.
    
Sterling Marlin, who led the points for 25 weeks in 2002, missed the final seven races of the season with a fractured vertebra in his neck.
    
The time out of the car could cost Hamlin a spot in the 12-driver Chase field. He has made the Chase every year since entering the Cup Series in 2006.
    
Although he's 10th in points, he'll fall after missing Martinsville. The top 10 in standings after the 26th race earn a spot in the Chase, and the two winningest drivers not already eligible get the final two berths.
    
Hamlin does not have a win this season.

Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.