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Denny Hamlin: Early return possible

Updated: April 20, 2013, 3:26 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Injured Denny Hamlin told ESPN.com on Saturday there is a 50-50 chance he'll return to his Sprint Cup car next weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver said it's almost 100 percent he will at least start the May 5 race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Hamlin was expected to miss six weeks after suffering a compression fracture in his lower back on the last lap of the March 24 race at Auto Club Speedway in California. That would have ...

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