Hamlin crashes in Cup practice; goes to backup car
Denny Hamlin has crashed in Sprint Cup practice at Watkins Glen
Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota slammed into the guard rail that lines
the 2.45-mile road course only seconds after Patrick Long’s Toyota
blew an engine, his No. 30 spewing oil on the track and kicking up
grass as it came to a stop.
Jeff Burton then hit the back of Hamlin. There was left front
damage and more damage across the entire back of Hamlin’s car. That
forced Hamlin to go to a backup car, but he had to go back to the
garage when that car began leaking oil after practice resumed.
Burton also had to go to a backup car and was 29th fastest.
Hamlin, eighth in the points standings, was 23rd.
Qualifying is Saturday morning.