Joe Gibbs racing makes other plans as Denny Hamlin may not be able to race this weekend

Denny Hamlin may not be in his familiar seat in the No. 11 Toyota.

He very well could miss this weekend's race at Watkins Glen for a very understandable reason -- his longtime girlfriend , Jordan Fish, is nearing her due date, and he could be a dad at anytime.

Regan Smith is on call, and he has a history of backing up drivers. He's subbed in the past for Aric Almirola Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson, to name a few.

Hamlin is already firmly in the playoff picture -- he's sixth -- so missing this race won't matter much -- especially if he becomes a new dad, which matters much more.