Vickers to take over for Hamlin after Martinsville

MWR driver Brian Vickers will take over the JGR Toyota after Martinsville. (Getty Images)
MWR driver Brian Vickers will take over the JGR Toyota after Martinsville. (Getty Images)
MWR driver Brian Vickers will take over the JGR Toyota after Martinsville. (Getty Images)

Mark Martin will only race one event for injured Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. A day after JGR announced that the veteran Martin would replace Hamlin, who was injured in a last lap crash at Auto Club Speedway, Michael Waltrip Racing released a statement indicating that Martin, who drives a partial schedule for the team, will only race at Martinsville for JGR.

“I think it is great that a driver of Mark’s caliber is available to support our fellow Toyota team during this difficult time for them. We wish Denny a speedy recovery” said MWR founder and co-owner Michael Waltrip. “Mark is a big part of our organization and is committed to our sponsors, especially

The statement went on to say that Martin will return to the No. 55 MWR Toyota Camry at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13 and resume his previously scheduled run of events with MWR for the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint cup season. MORE>>>

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