Denny Hamlin hoped for better on Sunday after starting the Aaron’s 499 behind the wheel of the No. 11 Toyota Camry. Hamlin had no intentions of finishing the race at Talladega Superspeedway and after the first caution gave up his seat to Brian Vickers.
On lap 25 Hamlin pulled the FedEx Toyota down pit road to the attention of his crew. As Hamlin exited the car though the roof hatch, Vickers entered the car.
“The exchange went great,” Hamlin said. “Really, that was about as smooth as it’s went for us. Obviously, we’ve had a few repetitions at it. That was about the quickest that I was able to get out so everything went well. I had a checklist in the car with things that I needed to do before I got out to switch over for the next driver. Everything really went seamless and painless.”
It did not take long before Vickers was caught in a wreck damaging their call and ruining hopes for a strong points day.
Vickers was part of a 16-car accident that started when Kyle Busch got into Kasey K...