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Denny Hamlin Missing Darlington Xfinity Race, Citing Post-Daytona Soreness

Denny Hamlin announced he will not run the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway this weekend (Sept. 3) as previously planned, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Aug. 31.

Hamlin’s recovery from his Daytona International Speedway NASCAR Cup Series wreck last weekend is the reason he will not race in the Xfinity event. The No. 11 Toyota was one of over a dozen cars caught up in a lap 138 wreck as the leaders drove into a downpour entering turn 1.


“I have had some soreness in my neck, back, and hips from the wreck on Sunday,” he said in a team release. “I feel like the right thing for me to do is to sit out the Xfinity Series race and put 100% of my focus on getting ready for this weekend’s Cup Series playoff race.”

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Daytona Disaster Proves NASCAR Change is Needed

Hamlin still plans to run the Cup race as one of the 16 playoff contenders competing for the 2022 series championship.

In NXS, Christopher Bell will fill in for Hamlin in the No. 18.

Hamlin enters the playoff opener at Darlington as the sixth seed, 27 points back of top-seeded Chase Elliott.

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Dale EarnHog

The safety concerns with the car are mounting. Bubba, Logano, Hamlin all complaining of hard hits and KB’s concussion leads me to think safety moved slightly back in priorities with the Gen 7, unfortunately. I love the great racing the car has produced but the safety of the drivers is paramount and needs to be addressed more than anything.

WJW Motorsports

Who knew that hitting a wall at 190 mph could hurt? I feel NASCAR has been remiss in this area – they should have been aware of this situation. The next gen car needs to be constructed completely of bubble wrap and cotton balls – nothing else will be acceptable.


The “Car of the Future” was introduced in Jan. 2006. NASCAR hasn’t gotten it right since then.

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