PHOENIX -- After wrecking at 204 mph in practice last Thursday, Denny Hamlin was a tad gun-shy taking the turns at Kansas Speedway the rest of the week. The reason would surprise non-NASCAR folk.
Its hard to come back as a driver, especially on a high-speed race track. Its hard to come back to being 100 percent, going into that corner at the same speed and not being worried about wrecking again, Hamlin said in a stop at his winter home in Phoenix on Monday.
For me, I dont care about myself or my head or life and limb. Its about, 'Hey this is the last car we have on the weekend. We have to preserve this car.' That was the biggest challenge for us.
Hamlin finished 13th at Kansas and stands in third place, 20 points behind Brad Keselowski, as the Chase to the Sprint Cup enters its final four races at the half-mile oval at Martinsville, Va., on Sunday.
Hamlin was behind the wheel in Kansas three days after being diagnosed with a slight concussion suffered during a practice r...