Hamlin To Drive Despite Injury

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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin injured his left hand in an off-track accident last night following the conclusion of testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

The driver of the No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series and the No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series cut his left hand between his pinkie and his wrist. He was taken from the track via ambulance and was treated at a local hospital where he received stitches.

Hamlin is expected to participate in all of this weekend's racing activities at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway based upon the evaluations of Joe Gibbs Racing's team physicians.

"The guys were having races around the hauler after the test. I thought I'd try for the best lap of the night, and as I was running around the front of the truck, I caught my hand on a sharp piece of chrome. I got all stitched up and I'll be fine to race this weekend," said Hamlin. "By the way, I did finish first.

"Hopefully Coach Gibbs will be impressed that I can play 'hurt'."

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