The Joe Gibbs Racing driver told Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio’s Dialed In last night that he injured his right hand in the same Bristol Motor Speedway crash that left Truex with a broken a scaphoid bone in his right wrist.
"I couldn't get my finger out of the (steering) wheel quick enough before it spun,” said Hamlin. “It obviously took some ligaments with it.”
He said the injury remains painful nearly a week later, adding, “I tested on Monday and Tuesday at Chicago, and I couldn't put my thumb on the wheel."
He said he is wearing a splint on the injured thumb, but downplayed its impact, saying, “"It's just a major jam… ligament stuff. Mine will heal in no time. It's just a different severity (as compared to Truex)."
The injury is the latest in a series of setbacks for Hamlin, who ranks 25th in Sprint Cup Series championship points after missing four races after suffered a compression fracture of his first lumbar vertebra in a March 24 crash at Auto Club Speedway. He will miss the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the first time since becoming a full-time series driver in 2006.