NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is trying a new treatment on his injured back in an effort to avoid offseason surgery.
Denny Hamlin revealed on his Twitter account on Tuesday that he has been medically cleared to at least start in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Denny Hamlin hasn’t been cleared to race at his home track in Richmond as he had hoped.
Denny Hamlin suffered a compression fracture in his lower spine during Sunday’s last-lap crash at Fontana, Calif., his racing team said Monday.
Roger Penske bristled Monday at “petty” barbs against Joey Logano for his wealthy upbringing and defended his driver in the fallout from Sunday’s race at California that left Denny Hamlin in a hospital.
The race ended with Hamlin in the hospital, Logano in a shoving match with Tony Stewart, and Kyle Busch celebrating a victory that seemed secondary to all the fury at Fontana.
Denny Hamlin said Friday that he believes NASCAR was disrespectful by not contacting him before fining him $25,000 over critical comments about the new race car.
Denny Hamlin was fined $25,000 by NASCAR on Thursday for criticizing the new Gen-6 race car after last week’s race at Phoenix.
Hamlin was back in the car Friday, a day after hitting the wall at 202 mph during testing on the repaved surface. He’s third behind Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson in the Chase standings entering Sunday’s race.
The Chase kicks off Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Denny Hamlin holds the points lead over five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. Defending champion Tony Stewart is third.
Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans will square off in the next round of the “Drive for the Cover” competition for the fall’s new NASCAR video game.
Busch was suspended last weekend by NASCAR for intentionally wrecking Ron Hornaday Jr. under caution at Texas.