NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin probably will be sidelined about six weeks after injuring his lower back in a crash at the race in Fontana, his team announced Tuesday night.
Gibbs said the prognosis was made by Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, who evaluated the driver after Hamlin flew home to North Carolina.
"Dr. Petty determined that Hamlin will not require surgery but will need time to properly heal, which is estimated around six weeks' time," Gibbs said. "Dr. Petty will make the determination when Hamlin will be able to return to racing this season."
Hamlin, who already had a history of back problems, suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra when his No. 11 Toyota crashed head-on into an inside wall at Auto Club Speedway on the last lap of Sunday's race.