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Driver Denny Hamlin, left, talks with Brian Vickers prior to the start of the Toyota Owner's 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday April 27, 2013.  Vickers is driving for the injured Hamlin.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Driver Denny Hamlin, left, talks with Brian Vickers prior to the start of the Toyota Owner's 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday April 27, 2013. Vickers is driving for the injured Hamlin. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(AP) Denny Hamlin received medical clearance Thursday to return this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.


Hamlin has missed four races after sustaining a compression fracture of a vertebra in his lower back in a last-lap accident at California on March 24.


"Don't call it a comeback LL cool J," Hamlin tweeted.


Joe Gibbs Racing said exact plans will be determined at the track. Hamlin could start the No. 11 Toyota, then give way to a relief driver.


"Welcome back Denny!" NASCAR tweeted.


Mark Martin took Hamlin's place in the No. 11 car at Martinsville, and Brian Vickers drove at Texas, Kansas and Richmond.


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