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.