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.