Sometimes discretion really is the better part of valor.
And in Denny Hamlin's case, discretion means getting out of the race car and sitting out the rest of the season.
As I type these words, I'm sitting in the press box at Daytona International Speedway, some 50 feet above the race track. I can look toward Turn 4 and see the mark on the wall where Hamlin's Toyota slammed nose-first into the SAFER barrier short of the start/finish line.
If the wreck was a jarring impact for Hamlin, it was like a punch in the gut for those of us who watched it happen. The angle of the collision reminded us of the wreck he suffered at Fontana, Calif., in late March, the wreck that kept him out of action with a broken back for more than a month.
Hamlin is a valiant warrior. We all remember 2010, when he came back from knee surgery in record time and damn near won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. When he said he still hoped to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this year aft...