Brian Vickers, Denny Hamlin's new sub (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)
By Mike Mulhern
The loss of star driver Denny Hamlin for at least the next five races has left team owner Joe Gibbs in a quandary.
And Friday night, barely a day after signing Mark Martin to fill in for Hamlin, Gibbs abruptly reversed course and picked Brian Vickers to take the ride, beginning next week at Texas Motor Speedway
Martin will drive for Hamlin and Gibbs this next week at Martinsville Speedway.
"Obviously having to find someone to fill in for Denny is not an ideal situation to have to be in, and when you start a process like this you obviously begin to look at the drivers that are not only available but also able to drive for your race team and manufacturer," team manager J. D. Gibbs explained.
"We were a bit premature in determining Mark's status past Martinsville.
"We really appreciate everyone at Michael Waltrip Racing (Martin's regular ride) and Toyota for working with us through this process."