Posted May 10, 2013 on AP on Fox
Denny Hamlin has no doubt he'll stay in the car for the entire Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Hamlin turned 23 laps last week at Talladega before turning the car over to relief driver Brian Vickers. It was Hamlin's first race since suffering a compression fracture in a vertebra in his lower back. Hamlin has no plans to have a driver on standby Saturday night. He got his first real workout Friday in two practice sessions. Hamlin said he stayed in the car for 90 minutes during the first practice, which convinced him he's ready for a full race. Hamlin is determined to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He's currently 31st in the standings, but only 76 points out of 20th place.

Hamlin ready to drive whole race

Denny Hamlin won't be holding back this weekend at the Track too Tough to Tame. After he suffered a fractured vertebra in a crash on March 24, Hamlin missed four races before starting at Talladega Superspeedway last Sunday with Brian Vickers stepping in for relief. But Hamlin, who considers Darlington Raceway "one of the toughest, physically challenging races that we have...

Hamlin Plans On Running The Full Race At Darlington

Denny Hamlin was back last weekend at that the Talladega Superspeedway, but gave way to a relief driver. Now back at one of his favorite tracks, Hamlin vows he will go the distance, in one of the first big tests for him after fracturing vertebra in his back, and will take the challenge that the Darlington Raceway provides. “It will be a challenge because this is one of the toughest...

Denny Hamlin Bojangles’ Southern 500 Race Preview

BACK ON POINT: BACK ON POINT: This weekend Denny Hamlin is expected to return to the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota for his first full race since being sidelined after a late-race accident at Auto Club (Calif.) on March 24, 2013. Hamlin returned to the driver’s seat last weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, but made a driver switch under the first caution. LOOKING FOR NO. 1: Denny...

Denny Hamlin Bojangles’ Southern 500 Race Recap

• Returning to the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota for his first full race since being sidelined earlier this season following a late-race accident at Auto Club Speedway, Denny Hamlin proved he was ready to get back to racing by securing the sixth starting position for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. • Battling a tight-handling Camry from the start of the...

Denny Hamlin makes NASCAR return at Darlington Raceway

1. Darlington celebrates a pair of 10-year milestones, good and bad Darlington Raceway is the first place NASCAR ever raced on pavement, all the...

Captain Thunder's Legendary Top-5 Fantasy NASCAR Picks - DARLINGTON

DENNY HAMLIN - WINNER #11 Sport Clips Toyota ·         One win, three top fives, six top 10s ·         Average finish of 5.9 ·         Average Running Position of 8.8, second-best ·         Driver Rating of 109.5, third-best ·         175 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most ·         Average Green Flag Speed of 159.896 mph, third-fastest...
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