Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/25/14

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 30: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 30, 2009 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Rumors of Mark Martin's substitute role have been greatly exaggerated. It will now last only one race, after a series of conflicting annoucements. Joe Gibbs Racing originally reported on Thursday that Martin would be competing for Denny Hamlin while Hamlin recuperates from a lower-back compression fracture, suffered during a last-lap crash at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday. The sub-headline that read, "Veteran NASCAR Driver Mark Martin to Drive No. 11 FedEx Toyota Until Hamlin Returns" indicated that the affable 54-year-old veteran would sub throughout Hamlin's recovery. But apparently the deal was not cleared by Aaron's, which is sponsoring Martin in the No. 55 this season and has enjoyed a relationship with Michael Waltrip since 2000. JGR subsequently said that its Nationwide Series driver, Brian Vickers, will run the balance of the races as Hamlin's fill-in -- after Martin drives for JGR on April 7 at Martinsville. Hamlin is expected to be out six weeks. "Obviously having to f...
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