CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A search for the Denny Hamlin Replacement is in action. Joe Gibbs Racing is looking at several driver scenarios, including fellow Toyota driver Mark Martin, to replace Denny Hamlin while he recovers from a back injury.
Multiple sources told ESPN.com that one scenario JGR has considered is Martin driving all five races in the No. 11 car while Hamlin is out. Brian Vickers would pick up Martin’s schedule in the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 that includes Texas, Kansas and Richmond. Michael Waltrip is in the 55 at Talladega.
Another scenario, according to sources, is that Vickers would be the Denny Hamlin Replacement for four races after next week at Martinsville, where he is scheduled to drive the No. 55 for Martin. Martin or Elliott Sadler would drive at Martinsville.