Now that Joe Gibbs Racing has decided to put Mark Martin in the No. 11 while Denny Hamlin recovers, we're left with what could have been out of the other potential candidates. Sure, Martin was the best choice for the ride, but what would the other guys have offered?
Personally, I know this is a long shot, but I was aiming for Darrell Wallace Jr. He's a talented kid, and if you have any question about that, check his results. He would have made for a great substitute driver. Maybe even a super-sub.
Substitute drivers have grabbed headlines since the inception of the sport and, in many cases, have helped develop the sport. They are viewed as underdogs, and rightfully so.
Usually, on any other race day, the job of the sub is to pilot the car, put on a show for the fans and try to get his name out there for any future employers. Some just do it for the check. However, some subs manage to go out there and grab the headlines.
Here's a list of memorable moments regarding substitute drivers.