Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Another hard hit for Hamlin at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH — Denny Hamlin's painful 2013 season included two more hits Saturday night in the Coke Zero 400.

Hamlin led 20 laps early but was a victim in two different accidents. On Lap 99, Martin Truex got sideways and squeezed Hamlin's No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota as part of a four-car wreck that also damaged pole-sitter Kyle Busch.

Hamlin recovered and was back on the 2½-mile Daytona International Speedway tri-oval on Lap 150 when he slammed into the wall, triggering a seven-car wreck.

Hamlin, who broke his back this year and suffered headaches after a wreck last week at Kentucky, finished 36th. He was not seriously injured and left the track without speaking to reporters.

LOW FOR LOGANO: Joey Logano's hopes of making the Chase for the Championship for the first time in his career remain in jeopardy after he wrecked on Lap 70.

Logano went into the Turn 2 wall after the right front tire blew on his No. 22 Penske Racing Ford. He entered the night in the 10th in points and in control of the final guaranteed playoff spot thanks to six consecutive top-11 runs before Saturday's 40th-place finish. He fell to 15th in the standings, 16 points out of 10th. "Big hit," Logano said. "Bigger hit in the points, really."

CARL'S CREW: Carl Edwards and his crew had a scary moment during a pit stop on Lap 71.

Edwards' front tire changer was scraping the grill when his foot got stuck under the No. 99 Ford and Edwards began to pull away. The incident ripped the crew member's shoe and knocked him to the ground, but he was uninjured.

LOCALS WRECK: Tampa's Aric Almirola had his solid run disappear on Lap 128. After David Stremme hit the Turn 4 wall in front of him, AJ Allmendinger veered left and collected Almirola's No. 43 Ford.

Almirola, a dark-horse Chase contender in his second full season with Richard Petty Motorsports, settled for 38th.

Zephyrhills' David Reutimann got caught up in a wreck with 10 laps to go. He finished 30th, his seventh consecutive finish outside the top 20.

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