BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Denny Hamlin pulled out of Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway because of a neck strain that worsened during a rain delay of nearly four hours.
Hamlin said he felt something strain in his neck 12 laps into the race. The race was stopped for rain on Lap 22, and Hamlin went to his motorhome to see if he could get his neck to feel better.
Instead, it stiffened and he was hardly able to turn his head when NASCAR summoned drivers back to their cars. Joe Gibbs Racing turned to 18-year-old Erik Jones, one of its development drivers, to replace Hamlin.
Prior to the rain delay, Brad Keselowski wrecked teammate Joey Logano and both Team Penske cars suffered significant damage.