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Hamlin checked after crash in practice

Hamlin crashed during testing Thursday at Kansas Speedway and remains under observation after visiting the infield care center.

Hamlin crashed his No. 11 Toyota in Turn 1 -- the same corner Dale Earnhardt Jr. hit during a tire test on Aug. 29 where he sustained the first of two concussions that is forcing him to miss his second race in a row. The heaviest damage was to the front right side of his No. 11 Toyota.

Hamlin said he clipped the wall with the right rear going 202 mph entering the corner, sending the car down the track. He overcorrected and hit the wall with the right side, destroying the Camry he intended to race Sunday.

Hamlin compared the incident to his 2008 crash at Talladega Superspeedway, where he blew a right front and crashed, although he said he the impact was "way harder than this.'' After that incident, he was kept overnight with what he called a "slight concussion."

Hamlin's last lap before he crashed was 181.409 mph -- his fastest lap of the session. The track qualifying record is 180.856 mph set by Matt Kenseth in October 2005.

Hamlin is third in the Chase standings entering Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400. He's 15 points behind leader Brad Keselowski and seven behind second-place Jimmie Johnson.

Hamlin managed to get his car back to the garage area and then walked to the care center. He emerged a short while later but said he had to return to the center in an hour. NASCAR said he will be reevaluated.  

The Chesterfield native said he felt "slightly dizzy" and admitted that he would probably not have gone to the infield care center had a NASCAR official not suggested he do so. 

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