Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/15/14

CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 16: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 16, 2009 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Joe Gibbs Racing has a news conference set for Thursday morning. If it's to name a substitute driver -- or several -- for Denny Hamlin, the pressure will be on. However, the ride could also be the opportunity of a lifetime for an aspiring racer or a driver who is looking for a second chance. For the next six weeks, Hamlin is scheduled to be sidelined by injuries sustained during a crash that occurred on the last lap of Sunday's Auto Club 400 when he and Joey Logano were battling for the win. When the former JGR teammates lost control of their vehicles, Hamlin plowed into the pit road wall and suffered a compression fracture to his L1 vertebra. Hamlin is expected to miss the next five Sprint Cup races. While mathematically Hamlin still can qualify for a Chase to the Sprint Cup berth by remaining in the top 20 in the point standings and acquiring multiple wins, it's more likely that Joe Gibbs Racing would earn a Chase seed in the owner's championship. The latter is something JGR ...
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