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Hamlin could return next weekend at Richmond

Updated: April 20, 2013, 3:44 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Denny Hamlin could return to the Sprint Cup series next weekend at Richmond for the first time since a crash March 24 at California left him with a compound fracture in his back.

Doctors told Hamlin he would miss at least five races when he suffered the injury in a last-lap accident. But he told reporters on Saturday at Kansas Speedway that there's a chance he could return at his home track, where he's a two-time winner.

If doctors clear Hamlin, it would give ...

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