Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:53:29 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) has been receiving pain-killing injections in his spine for the last two weeks in an effort to try to avoid having offseason back surgery. The injections have helped, but Hamlin won't know until the end of the season if he'll need surgery. "These last two weeks, I've gotten some treatment done, and I've felt as good as I did before the accident," he said. "Now, the 10 races before that, I felt horrible. I had to get out of the car at Richmond during practice because I just couldn't handle it anymore, and there's been several instances where it was really, really bad." Hamlin said he probably won't be 100 percent healthy until February or January of 2014. He hasn't won a race this season and sits at 32nd in the Sprint Cup standings.
Fantasy Tip: This has been a lost season for Hamlin, and he's clearly not in driving shape. Don't consider him for any of the remaining races. He could start off slow next season, as well, depending on how he recovers in the short offseason.
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:57:35 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (concussion) was cleared by doctors after he suffered a concussion in the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway Sunday, June 30. Hamlin had a headache after having his "bell run" when his popped tire crashed his No. 11 car into the wall. Hamlin has been cleared for a two-day tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week. He is also cleared for the Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway Saturday, July 6. Hamlin's back was fine after the crash. He is currently 25th in points and is 104 points out of the top 20. Although he has little chance of making the Chase, Hamlin doesn't plan on sitting out any races.
Fantasy Tip: Hamlin's unfortunate injury-riddled season continued Sunday. The good news is that he's fine for this weekend's race, and you shouldn't have any hesitations about whether to include him in your fantasy lineup for Daytona.
Fri, 10 May 2013 16:02:40 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) plans to run the entire Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway Saturday, May 11, after running 23 laps at Talladega Superspeedway before giving way to backup driver Brian Vickers. "I don't think there's any doubt we'll go the whole way," said Hamlin, who tested himself by running 90 consecutive minutes during a long first practice Friday, May 10. "Nothing was uncomfortable, nothing hurt, nothing was sore. So I'm pretty confident I can make it the three, three and a half (hours) that it's going to take to run the race." Hamlin also plans to run in the non-points All-Star race next weekend, even though the race doesn't count toward championship seeding.
Fantasy Tip: Hamlin has had past success at Darlington, which makes it very tempting to rely on him this weekend, even though it is expected to be his first full race back since suffering a major back injury. If you're in a position to play it safe, though, you may want to look elsewhere.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:35:22 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) is planning on starting the Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for his first race since suffering a compression fracture in his lower back March 24 at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin has been cleared "just to start" this weekend, meaning he will drop back to the back of the pack and ride around until the first caution and then give way to driver Brian Vickers. He will collect all the points for whatever place Vickers earns just by starting the race. Hamlin is currently 71 points outside the top 20 in points. Hamlin will have another scan on his spine next week and must be cleared to drive at Darlington before making a full return. He will consider having surgery in the offseason to fix his injury and other back problems he's had over the years.
Fantasy Tip: Obviously, this weekend is not the time to start Hamlin on your fantasy team. Next weekend probably isn't, either, if he gets full clearance to race. It's safer to hold off and make sure he's completely healthy and at top form before throwing him back into your lineup.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:10:48 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) will not return to the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. He has missed the last three races with a compression fracture in his lower back. Hamlin likely will start next weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway, though. However, he'll give way to a backup driver after the first caution to allow him to collect points.
Fantasy Tip: If you had Hamlin in your lineup for this weekend already, remove him now. It's probably not wise to count on him for a race until after he's come back and demonstrated that he's completely healthy and capable of staying in a race car for an entire race.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:51:23 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) said there is a 50-50 chance he will return to the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. He's almost 100 percent sure he'll start the May 5 race at Talladega Superspeedway. Hamlin will undergo a follow-up exam on his fractured back Tuesday, April 23, or Wednesday, April 24, and if the exam shows bone growth, he will return at Richmond if doctors give him clearance. He won't have another scan for two weeks after this week's scan. Hamlin said there is no consideration to him starting a race and then putting in a backup driver at Richmond because he'd lose at least two laps making the exchange. He's been off pain medication for a week and a half now. Hamlin is now 25th in points heading into this weekend's race at Richmond.
Fantasy Tip: If Hamlin returns this week, it probably wouldn't be wise to throw him into your starting lineup immediately. We'd be more comfortable seeing how he fares for a few races before considering him again. Be patient with this situation, since there are plenty of other drivers worth considering over Hamlin until we know he's fully healthy and challenging for wins again.
Thu, 04 Apr 2013 09:28:54 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) is expecting his body to do "superhuman things" and heal the compression fracture in his back in under the projected six-week timetable. Hamlin is eyeing a return as soon as three weeks at Richmond International Raceway, but he knows he also must be patient and not rush back. "Since I already have my spine broken up into two pieces, if you get in another wreck, those pieces will then shatter and get into your spinal cord and you have paralysis issues," Hamlin explained. He won't have a clearer picture of his progress for another few weeks when doctors take a scan of his back.
Fantasy Tip: Hamlin is probably just being competitive and unrealistically optimistic here, so don't get your hopes up that he'll return in just three weeks. Without Hamlin to choose from for your fantasy lineup, though, there are plenty of other solid options on a weekly basis.
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:44:01 -0700
Mark Waltrip Racing driver Mark Martin will replace Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) for the race at Martinsville, then Brian Vickers will take over the remaining races Hamlin misses. Vickers is scheduled to make his first start in the No. 11 car at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin likely will return for the May 11 race at Darlington but could also return for the May 4 race at Talladega.
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:52:44 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racings announced Friday, March 29, that Brian Vickers will take over the No. 11 race car at Texas Saturday, April 13, in place of the injured Denny Hamlin (back).
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:52:10 -0700
The deal between Joe Gibbs Racing and Mark Martin fell through Friday, March 29, as Michael Waltrip Racing has given Martin the OK to race April 7 for JGR at Martinsville Speedway only. "It was previously released that Mark Martin would handle the duties behind the wheel for the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team while Denny Hamlin recovered from injury," JGR said in a press release Friday, March 29. "Martin will drive the car in Martinsville, but (Brian Vickers) will now take over the duties beginning in Texas."
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:34:43 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Friday, March 29, that driver Mark Martin will fill in for driver Denny Hamlin (back) in the No. 11 Sprint Cup car while Hamlin recovers from his injury. Martin's first race in the car will come next weekend April 7 at Martinsville Speedway. Martin will be replaced in the No. 55 car for Michael Waltrip Racing in the Cup Series with driver Brian Vickers, who is already running nine races in the No. 55 this year. Hamlin is expected to miss five races. Martin has two wins, 12 top-fives and 25 top-10s in 48 career starts at Martinsville. He has an average finish of 13.3 at the track.
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:12:18 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Thursday, March 28, that driver Mark Martin could replace driver Denny Hamlin (back) while he recovers from a back injury. The team is considering having Martin drive in all five races in the No. 11 car while Hamlin is sidelined. Driver Brian Vickers would pick up Martin's schedule for Michael Waltrip Racing and the No. 55 car that would include races at Texas, Kansas and Richmond. Vickers could also race for Hamlin for four races after next week at Martinsville, where he's scheduled to drive the No. 55 for Martin. Driver Elliott Sadler could also drive for Hamlin the entire time, although that is the least likely option.
Fantasy Tip: Martin and Vickers are not strong fantasy options on a weekly basis, but they might be useful as a No. 4 driver depending on the particular track that week.
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:10:13 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) is expected to be out for about six weeks while he recovers from an L1 vertebra compression fracture suffered Sunday, March 24, at the Auto Club 400. He was examined by a physician in North Carolina Tuesday, March 26. The good news is that he will not require surgery. Joe Gibbs Racing has drivers Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler available as substitute drivers, although Vickers is slated to drive for Michael Waltrip Racing in the No. 55 car at Martinsville Speedway April 7.
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:10:03 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) has been diagnosed with a compression fracture in his lower back after crashing in the Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway Sunday, March 24. Hamlin is expected to be released from the hospital Monday, March 25. It's unknown how long it will take for him to recover.
Fantasy Tip: The good news is that the next Cup race isn't for another two weeks, but we still don't know if he'll be ready by then. There is a good chance he won't be, so it'd be wise to make plans for a long-term absence just in case.
Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:51:43 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) was injured after a hard crash on the final lap of the Auto Club 400 Sunday, March 24. He was battling Penske Championship driver Joey Logano for the lead at the time. Hamlin will be hospitalized overnight, and a JGR statement said Hamlin "complained of lower back pain" at the track's infield medical center, so he was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Fantasy Tip: Hamlin will have two weeks to get better before the Sprint Cup Series moves to Martinsville in his home state of Virginia. Right now it's too early to say if Hamlin will be ready, and what sort of contingency plan there is if he cannot race.
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:43:10 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin is on the pole for the Auto Club 400 at Fontana Sunday, March 24.
Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:52:27 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin got mixed up with Penske Championship Racing driver Joey Logano, his former teammate at JGR, in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday, March 17. Hamlin appeared to spin Logano, which led to a post-race fracas between Logano, Hamlin and team members.
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 11:47:12 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin was fined $25,000 for comments he made following the Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. Hamlin's car was determined to have violated the league's rule book after the race.
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:10:25 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin crashed during testing at Kansas Speedway Thursday, Oct. 18, and he is being observed at the infield care center. The heaviest damage was to the front right side of the No. 11 Toyota.
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:28:14 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday, Sept. 23, for his series-leading fifth victory of the season. The win was owner Joe Gibbs' 100th career victory. Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson finished second and will head into next weekend's race one point ahead of Penske Championship Racing driver Brad Keselowski for the points lead.
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 08:54:32 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin, Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle, Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., Roush Fenway Racing driver Matt Kenseth, Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson, Michael Waltrip Racing driver Martin Truex Jr., Penske Championship Racing driver Brad Keselowski, Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer and Richard Childress Racing driver Kevin Harvick are the nine drivers that have clinched a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Stewart-Haas Racing driver Tony Stewart and Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne are in the 10th and 11th spots currently. Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman, Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty Motorsports driver Marcos Ambrose, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano are fighting for the final playoff spot.
Tue, 04 Sep 2012 09:11:56 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin won his second straight Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, Sept. 2. Hamlin leads the Cup Series this year with four victories, and he leads in the points standings heading into the 12-driver Chase next weekend.
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:07:53 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin won his first career Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, Aug. 25. The win was his third of the season to move him into a four-way tie for the top spot in the Cup Series.
Thu, 05 Jul 2012 13:14:09 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) will sit out of the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway Friday, July 6, with cramping in his back muscles. He is also skipping practice Thursday, July 5.
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 09:50:41 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Saturday, June 30, that they officially signed driver Denny Hamlin to an undisclosed multi-year contract extension.
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:30:38 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin is close to finalizing a contract extension with the team. "I think it'll be done within a week. Everything but the ink on the paper is pretty much done. Everything is pretty much locked in, and we know where we're going to be for the foreseable future," Hamlin said.
Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:36:32 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway Sunday, April 22. It was Hamlin's second victory of the season, as he held off Michael Waltrip Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. for the win. It was also Hamlin's first career win at Kansas.
Mon, 05 Mar 2012 09:39:40 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, March 4. It was Hamlin's 18th career victory, and he currently leads in points after the first two races. He held off Richard Childress Racing driver Kevin Harvick, who ran out of gas on the last lap.
Fri, 09 Dec 2011 08:46:35 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Friday, Dec. 9, that former Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Darian Grubb will join the team and serve as the crew chief for driver Denny Hamlin. Grubb will replace crew chief Mike Ford.
Wed, 07 Dec 2011 08:49:44 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing let go of crew chief Mike Ford, the crew chief for driver Denny Hamlin, Tuesday, Dec. 6. Former Stewart-Haas Racing crew chief Darian Grubb is expected to be at the top of the list to replace Ford.
Wed, 28 Sep 2011 08:47:49 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin said he has been using a sports psychologist as he tries to improve his attitude and outlook in the Sprint Cup Series. Hamlin has been in a bad slump all season, and he admits he struggled with the pressure of the championship race last season.
Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:48:23 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway Sunday, June 19. It was his first victory of the season.
Mon, 02 May 2011 08:41:38 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished second in the Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday, April 30.
Mon, 02 May 2011 08:37:19 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin won the Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway Friday, April 29. It was his 11th career Nationwide victory.
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 09:25:33 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished 23rd in the Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, April 17, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:01:06 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished 15th in the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, April 9, according to The Associated Press.
Mon, 04 Apr 2011 08:59:59 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished 12th in the Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway Sunday, April 3, according to The Associated Press.
Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:39:19 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished 39th in the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday, March 27, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:30:52 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished 33rd in the Sprint Cup Jeff Byrd 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday, March 20, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 09:09:23 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished seventh in the Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, March 6, according to The Associated Press.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:05:34 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (knee) said he expects his knee to be "aching for a while," according to The Associated Press. Hamlin underwent surgery 11 months ago to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "It still hasn't quit (aching)," Hamlin said. "My problem is I never let myself heal all the way and, of course, I continue to push the limits as far as I can."
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:12:46 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished 11th in the Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, Feb. 27, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 11:04:14 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished 21st in the Daytona 500 Sunday, Feb. 20, according to NASCAR.com.
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 10:13:28 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished 14th in the Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, Nov. 21, according to The Associated Press.
Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:17:51 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin will start 37th in the Sprint Cup Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, Nov. 21, according to NASCAR.com.
Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:13:37 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin will be at a disadvantage in the Sprint Cup finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, Nov. 21, if the race comes down to fuel mileage, according to ESPN.com's David Newton. "We can take some chances that maybe other people will, but we could have an issue of engine failure," senior vice president Jimmy Makar said. "That is way more catastrophic than a fuel mileage race that may happen. This may be a fuel mileage race. It may not be. If you're going to go one way or the other you go on the chance it's not going to be a fuel mileage race."
Thu, 18 Nov 2010 18:49:13 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin punched the metal dashboard in his car after a disappointing run at Phoenix International Raceway last weekend, according to SceneDaily.com's Bob Pockrass. "It was frustrating for a little while – I got the bloody knuckles to prove it," Hamlin said during a press conference for the title contenders Thursday. "It's just part of it. It's part of our sport. We're all going to have emotions on those kind of days."
Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:04:12 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished 12th in the Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, Nov. 14, according to The Associated Press. Hamlin takes just a 15-point lead into the final race next weekend.
Sun, 07 Nov 2010 16:51:16 -0800
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin picked up the victory in the AAA Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway, reports The Associated Press.
Mon, 01 Nov 2010 10:32:33 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin finished ninth in the Sprint Cup Amp Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, Oct. 31, according to NASCAR.com.