Denny Hamlin returned to action at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, but his run was short-lived.
After missing the past four NASCAR Sprint Cup races because of a broken vertebra, Hamlin was cleared to race this weekend. He ran only the opening segment before being replaced by Brian Vickers in the car.
What did he think of his Talladega run?
"The speed of it is the biggest difference here," Hamlin said. "I'm driving around there and never thought anything of it before, but the speed kind of catches you off guard a little bit, especially when you haven't done it for a month-plus.
"It was all different to me, but it still, no matter what my involvement today was, I at least had something that I could do and something that I could contribute to the race team."
Hamlin started seventh on Sunday after qualifying was rained out and the lineup was set by the speeds in Friday's first practice. After Trevor Bayne's Ford expired and brought out the first caution on Lap 24, Hamlin had a "...