It was a exciting day for NASCAR fans on Sunday. Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano raced side by side into the final lap.
The race ended with Hamlin in the hospital after a shoving match with Tony Stewart, and Kyle Busch.
Hamlin was airlifted away from the track after a turn sent him nearly head-on into the inside wall.
Hamlin was awake and alert in the infield care center before being transported, but was taken to the hospital after complaining of lower back pain. He was airlifted due to post-race traffic.
Logano managed to finish third despite wrecking into the outside wall after hitting Hamlin, who also might we add spun Logano last week at Bristol and sparked a bitter post-race confrontation that didn’t cool off during the past week.
“He probably shouldn’t have done what he did last week, so that’s what he gets,” Logano said.
Yet the 22-year-old Logano might have even bigger worries than his burgeoning feud with Hamlin, whose team expects him to be fine. Stewart got into a post-race shoving match with Logano, with the three-time champion threatening to “whoop his (butt)” after Logano aggressively blocked Stewart out of a late restart.
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“It’s time he learns a lesson,” Stewart said. “He’s run his mouth long enough. … He’s nothing but a little rich kid that’s never had to work in his life, so he’s going to learn what us working guys who had to work our way up (know about) how it works.”
Hamlin’s girlfriend, Jordan Fish, tweeted Sunday night: “Thank u everyone for your messages concerning Denny. Darian is keeping us posted. He’s alert n awake, main concern is his back.”
Kyle Busch’s victory was his 25th in NASCAR, completing his ninth career weekend sweep after his Nationwide Series victory Saturday. He ended a 31-race Cup winless streak since last April at Richmond.
ESPN contributed to this report.