Found May 06, 2013 on
Denny Hamlin hoped for better on Sunday after starting the Aaron’s 499 behind the wheel of the No. 11 Toyota Camry. Hamlin had no intentions of finishing the race at Talladega Superspeedway and after the first caution gave up his seat to Brian Vickers.
On lap 25 Hamlin pulled the FedEx Toyota down pit road to the attention of his crew. As Hamlin exited the car though the roof hatch, Vickers entered the car.
“The exchange went great,” Hamlin said. “Really, that was about as smooth as it’s went for us. Obviously, we’ve had a few repetitions at it. That was about the quickest that I was able to get out so everything went well. I had a checklist in the car with things that I needed to do before I got out to switch over for the next driver. Everything really went seamless and painless.”
It did not take long before Vickers was caught in a wreck damaging their call and ruining hopes for a strong points day.
Vickers was part of a 16-car accident that started when Kyle Busch got into Kasey K...
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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...
The goal at Talladega Superspeedway was to get Denny Hamlin a chance to turn some laps and collect some points.
He accomplished one of his two goals Sunday.
Hamlin successfully returned from a compression fracture in a vertebra in his lower back by turning 23 laps Sunday before getting out of his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for replacement driver Brian Vickers. The swap was made during...
Denny Hamlin’s much-discussed return to the seat of his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry became an afterthought at Talladega once Brian Vickers...
Denny Hamlin started the Aaron’s 499 behind the wheel of the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. It was Hamlins first time behind the wheel since a hard last lap crash during the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, CA.
During Hamlin’s time away Mark Martin and Brian Vickers have driven the Joe Gibbs Racing entry. For Sunday’s race Hamlin planned to start...