Denny Hamlin forced to backup car after Brickyard 400 practice crash

Denny Hamlin forced to backup car after Brickyard 400 practice crash


Hamlin suffered a tire failure and drilled the turn four outside retaining wall, his car catching fire immediately after the contact.


Denny Hamlin’s pursuit of a signature victory just got considerably more challenging.

The Joe Gibbs Racing veteran will start the NASCAR Brickyard 400 from the rear of the field on Sunday following a crash in the closing seconds of final practice on Saturday.

Hamlin suffered a tire failure and drilled the turn four outside retaining wall, his car catching fire immediately after the contact.

“It was a big (hit) for sure,” Hamlin said. “It was the last corner and I think the red flag had been out for a minute or so. We had just got into turn one when the red went out and we were going to finish our lap. It just blew a right-front. We hadn’t seen any wear issues, so we might have run something over or whatever. Definitely got my attention.”

Goodyear officials said the inboard shoulder of the right front tire failed due to excessive heat.

Hamlin has won four times this year but will have to work his way through the field on Sunday to win a fifth in the regular season finale.

Qualifying takes place on Sunday morning before the race, but due to the impound rules, Hamlin will start at the rear regardless of the results of time trials.

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