Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Pit row is quiet this week, as NASCAR takes Easter weekend off.  But when they come back, a replacement driver will be behind the wheel of Denny Hamlin's car and one popular driver will be in the lead.

FOX News Radio's Chris Hoenig has the latest NASCAR news:

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is the points leader going into next week's race at Martinsville, and says when it comes to his team's success, he's:

(Earnhardt, Jr.) "Just riding the wave, just real happy with how things are going with our team."

After a 31-race losing streak, Kyle Busch is hoping his win at Fontana will carry over to Martinsville.

(Busch) "We finally had a little bit of luck on our side that we didn't have all last year, and it seemed like we weren't quite having this year."

Denny Hamlin won't need surgery, but he can't race for at least six weeks after fracturing a vertebra in his lower back in a last-lap crash involving Joey Logano at the Auto Club Speedway.  Joe Gibbs Racing says Mark Martin - who was not scheduled to race - will drive the #11 Toyota for Hamlin next week in Virginia, but are not specifying how many races he'll sit in for.

And no fines for Tony Stewart, who got into a post-race shoving match with Joey Logano after the Auto Club 400.  Stewart accusing Logano of blocking him on a late restart.

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