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Hamlin Treated For Compression Fracture In Back – Kyle Busch Wins California Race

March 25, 2013

Denny Hamlin is being treated at a California hospital for a compression fracture in his lower spine following a crash on the last lap of NASCAR’s Auto Club 400 run Sunday at the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California in Fontana, California.

Joey Logano’s car slammed into Hamlin’s vehicle, sending Hamlin into the inside wall.  Hamlin was airlifted from the scene.  Logano went on to finish third in the race behind winner Kyle Busch and runner-up Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Hamlin may be sidelined for six weeks or longer, but his stay in a California medical facility was not expected to be lengthy.  Hamlin’s team said they expected Logano to be fined for the crash.  Meanwhile, driver Tony Stewart was involved in a shoving match with Logano following Sunday’s race.

Earnhardt’s second-place finish pushed “Junior” into first place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings.  Hamlin officially finished 25th, and stands at number-10 in the points race.

The Top Ten At Fontana:

1)  Kyle Busch

2)  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

3)  Joey Logano

4)  Carl Edwards

5)  Kurt Busch

6)  Greg Biffle

7)  Matt Kenseth

8)  Paul Menard

9)  Kasey Kahne

10) Ryan Newman


The Points Standings:

1)  Dale Earnhardt, Jr.   199

2)  Brad Keselowski       187

3)  Jimmie Johnson       183

4)  Greg Biffle                  164

5)  Carl Edwards             164

6)  Kyle Busch                 163

7)  Kasey Kahne              159

8)  Paul Menard              154

9)  Joey Logano               146

10) Denny Hamlin          145

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