Update: Hamlin was evaluated Wednesday by Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates after suffering an L1 Compression Fracture during an accident on the final lap of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Dr. Petty determined that Hamlin will not require surgery but will need time to properly heal, which is estimated around six weeks time, Joe Gibbs Racing PR reports.
Recommendation: The good news is that Hamlin won't require surgery for his compression fracture, the bad news is that Hamlin will be out of his No. 11 Toyota a significant amount of time to properly heal his injury. With this week being an off-week due to Easter, Hamlin is faced with the prospect of missing the next five Sprint Cup Series events starting with the April 7 race at Martinsville Speedway.