Denny Hamlin will race this weekend. How Much? That is still the unknown. Hamlin has been medically cleared to get back in the race car and he will do that this weekend. This is the first time Denny Hamlin will get in a race car since his wreck at Auto Club over four weeks ago.
Denny Hamlin tweeted earlier this week that he would be getting back in the race car only to have NASCAR say they have not gotten medical clearance from doctors. Well, last night NASCAR confirmed that Denny Hamlin has been medically cleared by doctors to race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.
Kerry Tharp, NASCAR’s Senior Director of Communications/Competition, tweeted, “Looking forward to seeing @dennyhamlin back in the car this weekend at @TalladegaSuperS #NASCAR“
As for Joe Gibbs Racing‘s plans for Denny Hamlin in the No. 11, Brian Vickers will be on Stand by for Hamlin all weekend. As of now, Denny Hamlin will at least run a few laps in practice and will qualify the car.
Most Likely on Sunday, Denny Hamlin will start the race and drop to the back of the field to stay farther away from harm’s way in an effort not to re-injure his back. During the first caution, Brian Vickers will jump in the No. 11 car while Denny Hamlin watches from the pit box the remainder of the day.
NASCAR would like to see Hamlin practice and qualify before he races Sunday. The first time the Sprint Cup cars hit the track Friday is at 2pm for practice.