Hamlin injured right hand at Bristol
August 29, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Martin Truex Jr. wasn't the only driver to get banged up Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway -- Denny Hamlin says he injured his right hand in the same accident where the Michael Waltrip Racing driver fractured his.
Hamlin told SiriusXM Radio on Thursday that he's wearing a splint after being unable to pull his hand from the spokes of his steering wheel before it spun in the crash that also involved Truex, who is wearing a cast this weekend.
Hamlin said the injury concerns the part of his hand near the thumb. It's another physical setback for a driver who missed four races earlier this season with a fractured vertebra in his back.
"It's going to be tough," Hamlin said of the injury. "You know I tested on Monday and Tuesday at Chicago and I couldn't put my thumb on the wheel."
Hamlin said his injury should heal in a week or so.