Hamlin enters Talladega without his first-string jackman

Nate Bolling on the disabled list for the remainder of the season.

Denny Hamlin, who won at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring, will return this weekend sans his regular jackman.

Nate Bolling, 35, tore his right triceps on Saturday night during the second pit stop in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The six-year Joe Gibbs Racing  veteran jackman had successful surgery on Wednesday at OrthoCarolina and is expected to make a full recovery before the start of the 2015 season.

Kenneth Purcell subbed for Bolling on Saturday and will continue in that role as the jackman for the No. 11 Fed Ed team for the remainder of 2014. Purcell previously served as the jackman for the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports crew and Jimmie Johnson during four of his six Sprint Cup championships.

Hamlin is currently seventh in the Sprint Cup point standings entering the final race before the Eliminator Round.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Event Charlotte II
Track Charlotte Motor Speedway
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Denny Hamlin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , Joe Gibbs Racing
Article type Breaking news
Tags hendrick motorsports, joe gibbs racing