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NASCAR Great Sterling Marlin Can Relate to Denny Hamlin’s Hard Wreck and Injury

While the injuries they sustained in severe wrecks were different, long-time NASCAR great Sterling Marlin can relate to what Denny Hamlin is going through after the latter's wreck at Fontana nearly two weeks ago.

The impact of the vicious head-on crash into an inside retaining wall at Auto Club Speedway not only lifted Hamlin's car off the ground, but it also caused a fractured vertebrae in his lower back that will sideline him for another four to six weeks while he recovers.

Marlin, a former two-time Daytona 500 winner, led the then-Winston Cup points standings through much of the 2002 season. As the season wore on, it looked more and more like the Tennessee native was on his way to his first Cup championship.

Then cam...

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