The NASCAR star was involved in a violent crash when his car spun out during the final lap of the Auto Club 400 on Mar. 24, and had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.
Denny Hamlin was in a tight race at the Auto Club 400, speeding down the final straightaway battling for first place with racer Joey Logano, when Joey’s car brushed up against his, causing both of them to spin out.
Denny Hamlin’s Scary Spin-Out
Joey didn’t suffer any serious damage, but Denny lost control of his car and slammed head-first into the raceway wall. After squeezing out of his wrecked car, Denny collapsed to the ground.
He was awake and alert as medics attended to him, but they decided to take him to a hospital after the driver continued to complain about lower back pain. A helicopter was used to avert the post-race traffic.
Denny Hamlin Vs. Joey Logano: Drivers React
Kyle Busch won the race, but all anyone cared about was Denny’s crash, and the reckless driving that caused it.
It’s time he learns a lesson,” driver Tony Stewart said about Joey. “He’s nothing but a little rich kid that’s never had to work in his life.” After the race, Tony confronted 22-year-old Joey and actually got into a shoving match.
Meanwhile, Joey isn’t showing any remorse for Denny’s hospitalization. “He probably shouldn’t have done what he did last week, so that’s what he gets,” the racer said. Denny and Joey have fought all season long, getting into a Twitter fight full of physical threats — Logano sarcastically saying he wanted to “show him some love and appreciation,” and Hamlin responding, “Need my address?” And last week, Denny spun Joey out at the Bristol Motor Speedway, causing ANOTHER post-race fight.
NASCAR is obviously a highly competitive sport, but maybe these guys need to dial it back — the next time they take their anger out with a car going nearly 200 miles per hour, the injuries could be far worse than lower back pain.
— Andrew Gruttadaro