Denny Hamlin's car is lifted after crashing hard into an inside wall -- devoid of the SAFETY barrier --
on the last lap of the Auto Club 400.
Though it's too early to tell whether Hamlin will miss any races, he seemed to understand there was a lengthy recovery in front of him. He tried to read up on the injury, he said, and nothing was very encouraging.
Hamlin said he will meet with Dr. Jerry Petty near Charlotte on Wednesday or Thursday for further evaluation.
"He's going to spend tomorrow looking at scans to distinguish what the next step is," Hamlin said. "We're kind of leaving the analyzing for him on what to do either surgery-wise or just stick with a brace and let it heal itself. Either way, obviously, both of them take a lot of time."
Hamlin also tweeted a photo of himself giving the camera a thumb's up:
Everyone's messages to me is the most motivating thing I could see. #humbled
Lord Have Mercy!