NASCAR At Daytona International Speedway 2012: Denny Hamlin To Miss Nationwide Race With Sore Back

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 22: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma on June 22, 2012 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Clint Bowyer will drive Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 car while Joey Logano moves to replace Hamlin in the No. 18.

Denny Hamlin woke up with a sore back sometime this week, according to his Joe Gibbs Racing team, which will cause him to miss Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin was supposed to drive a Dollar General-sponsored No. 18 car, but Joey Logano and sponsor SportClips will move over to that ride. Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer will then drive the No. 20 (Logano's original ride) with Dollar General as a sponsor.

"My hope was to run the Nationwide Series race Friday night, but I woke up with a sore back earlier this week and feel it's in the best interest of the team to sit it out," Hamlin said in a team statement. "Luckily it's nothing serious and the extra rest will help me on Saturday night."

Hamlin will still participate in all Sprint Cup Series activities this weekend.

"We're looking forward to working with Clint and appreciate his willingness to step behind the wheel for us on such short notice," JGR president J.D. Gibbs said. "Denny will be fine, but we just felt it was in his best interest to rest his back and not have him have to practice or race in Nationwide this weekend."

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.