For Denny Hamlin and his team, it has to be frustrating to have different drivers in this stretch of NASCAR Sprint Cup races while the driver is sidelined healing from a back injury.
With Denny you have a driver that is hurt but isn't hurt. Let me explain. Having a driver that is in the hospital or hurting so bad that he has to be at home in bed is one thing. To have a driver that can come to the racetrack, sit on the pit box the entire race and have input on some of the decisions that are being made, yet still can't get behind the wheel of his car, probably has to hurt worse than being laid up in traction somewhere.
Obviously, the will is there to get behind the wheel. Denny would love to drive. You can definitely see it and hear it in his voice, but the doctors say no. Those doctors are looking at the big picture and what's best for Denny in the long haul. Despite how frustrating it is, Denny has to respect that.
For the race team, it's nothing short of a bad dream. They teste...