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Why NASCAR’s Denny Hamlin Shouldn’t Be Rushed to Get Back Behind the Wheel

I understand why so many people have spent the last two weeks talking about Denny Hamlin's lost season as he recovers from a fractured vertebrae in his lower back, suffered in a crash in Fontana, Calif.

Sure, Mark Martin filled in for Hamlin at Sunday's race in Martinsville, Va.—and did pretty darn well in the relief role, finishing 10th—while Brian Vickers will fill Hamlin's spot in the No. 11 FedEx Toyota this coming Saturday night in Texas.

After that remains anyone's guess. Odds are likely it'll be Vickers who continues to fill in until Hamlin is healed enough to return behind the wheel, but it could also be Elliott Sadler or someone else.

But what about Hamlin himself? Here's a young man who has suffere...

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