A rivalry that had been slowly building up since the start of the season, finally exploded at Bristol and then took a huge turn for events at Fontana. Denny Hamlin vs. Joey Logano is a feud that NASCAR has needed, but does Hamlin’s back injury put an end to it?
At Bristol, Logano tried to pass Hamin and didn’t really have the room to make it. So Logano made it anyways and shoved himself right in front of Hamlin with just inches if not centimeters to spare. Hamlin, not liking that one bit at all, returned the favor and spun Logano out.
This past weekend, Logano again was racing hard and bumping with Hamlin. He tried to make a pass to win the race coming out of turn four. Again, he wasn’t clear. Except this weekend he really had no room at all. He came back up to slide in place and spun himself out across the nose of Hamlin’s car. Thus in return, Hamlin got loose to and slammed head first into a concrete wall (with no safer barrier installed).
While the wreck may not have been intentional, it certainly has put a new perspective on things for everyone.
Hamlin now has a L1 Compression Fracture and could be facing time away from car as the driver. He will be meeting with Dr. Jerry Petty to determine that and treatment this week.
One thing on Hamlin’s side is time. With Easter weekend this weekend, it will give him another week to rest and recover.
However, if surgery is required or Dr. Petty feels the injuries need to be recovered by sitting out of the race car, Hamlin could miss an uncertain amount of time. However, no matter when he returns to the track to drive his No. 11 Toyota, you can bet things will be different.
You can bet Logano won’t be so aggressive with Hamlin and will be very careful with his choice of words about the incident and driver from here on out.
I truly feel that this injury will quiet things down, and more than likely we’ve seen the last of these two going after each other.