Denny Hamlin Still Recovering: NASCAR News at YouWager

YouWager experts haver learned that Denny Hamlin is still recovering and will not be making his return to the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at his home track of Richmond International Raceway.

The 32 year-old driver has missed the past three races recovering from a compression fracture in his lower back and yesterday decided to tweet the news after getting results from his latest scan.

In addition, the Joe Gibbs Racing stated last weekend at Kansas Speedway that, if not cleared for this race, he would most likely start the May 5 race at Talladega Superspeedway and give way to a backup driver after the first caution.

That would give Hamlin a chance to collect points for whatever finish his backup driver — Brian Vickers — collects and give him an opportunity of climbing back into contention for a wild-card spot for the Chase.

The Tampa native is 26th in points, 42 behind the top 20 where a driver has to be after 26 races to contend for a wild-card spot based on wins. Hamlin will fall further behind by missing Saturday night’s race.

Online sports betting fans were expecting for the star driver to miss six weeks after injuring his back on a last-lap crash against a concrete barrier in the March 24 race at Auto Club Speedway in California. According to that, Hamlin would have returned for the May 11 race at Darlington.

Hamlin was looking forward to this week’s scan showing enough bone growth for doctors to feel comfortable with him in the car at Richmond.

The 2012 Sylvania 300 winner won’t have another scan until the week before Darlington, however Hamlin is optimistic doctors will let him start the race at Talladega and ride around the back of the field until the first caution.