- Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout
- Obamas head to church on Easter morning
- In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream
- Ukraine PM vows to find ‘bastards’ behind anti-Semitic fliers
- Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
- Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation in South Korea
- Militants kill 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush
- Unbeliebable: White House turns Bieber petition response into immigration screed
- Obama signs law denying Iran ambassador’s visa, but says law is ‘advisory’
- Mich. judge to laughing convicted killer: ‘I hope you die in prison’
Vickers knows it will be hard for Hamlin to watch
MARTINSVILLE, VA. (AP) - Brian Vickers won't take over the injured Denny Hamlin's ride until next week at Texas, but when the green flag drops at Martinsville Speedway, Vickers will know what Hamlin is enduring as much as anyone.
Vickers missed most of the 2010 season after having heart surgery and treatment for blood clots.
"The first time you're not in your car _ you grow up and you watch a lot of races that you're not in, but not ones that you're supposed to be in when your car is going around the race track, it's not going to be an easy thing," Vickers said, adding that Hamlin does have something going for him that Vickers didn't when he was sidelined.
"I think the best thing for him right now is knowing that he's going to get back in the car. The first time I saw my car go around the race track, I wasn't sure if I was ever going to get back in it," he said.
Hamlin suffered a fractured vertebra two weeks ago in a late-race crash at California. He is wearing a back brace and will miss at least five races, and Vickers will drive his car for Joe Gibbs Racing until Hamlin is medically cleared to return.
Hamlin has been at Martinsville Speedway, site of Sunday's race, all weekend.
Vickers did offer Hamlin some advice, and encouragement.
"I've told him that it's not going to be easy and he's not going to like it," Vickers said, "`but at least you know it's temporary and we'll see you back soon.'"
Follow Hank on twitter at: http://twitter.com/hankkurzjr
Women losing coverage under Obamacare, too
- Scalia to students on high taxes: At a certain point, 'perhaps you should revolt'
- Former Ranger breaks silence on Pat Tillman death: I may have killed him
- Special Forces' suicide rates hit record levels casualties of 'hard combat'
- Feds approve powdered alcohol; 'Palcohol' available later this year
- U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel
- CHARLES: Holder's undermining of the law deserving of contempt
- Justice at last: 'Evil woman' outed for grabbing girl's game ball
- Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters
- Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty for alleged misconduct
- EDITORIAL: Mark Warner running scared?
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.