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      NASCAR's Hamlin has fracture in back after last-lap crash

      FONTANA, CA (AP) - Denny Hamlin suffered a compression fracture in his lower back during Sunday's last-lap crash at Fontana, Calif.

      Joe Gibbs Racing disclosed the injury Monday and said Hamlin was expected to be released soon from a Southern California hospital to return home. He has what is called an L1 compression fracture; essentially, the first vertebra in the lumbar section of his spine collapsed.

      There was no immediate word on how long his recovery would take.

      Hamlin was hurt during a crash with Joey Logano at the end of Sunday's race. He complained of lower back pain afterward.