Mark Martin to replace injured Denny Hamlin at Joe Gibbs Racing

Mark Martin has one start for JGR last March in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. (Getty Images)
Mark Martin has one start for JGR last March in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. (Getty Images)
Mark Martin has one start for JGR last March in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. (Getty Images)

Joe Gibbs Racing has tapped veteran drive Mark Martin to fill in for the injured Denny Hamlin in the team’s No. 11 Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series the team announced Thursday evening.

Hamlin suffered a compression fracture in his back Sunday after a crash on the final lap of the Auto Club 400. He is expected to be out of the car for at least six weeks.

“We’ve been real fortunate to have never been in this situation with the need to find someone to fill in for an injured driver,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “A lot goes into a decision like this but we are really pleased to have someone of the character and caliber of Mark Martin to fill in while Denny is out. Obviously we’re not exactly sure how long that is going to take, but Mark’s career speaks for itself and our team knows it will have the opportunity to compete for a win every week.” MORE>>>

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