At the spring Bristol race, Hamlin was replaced by Erik Jones after 22 laps due to suffering from neck spasms.
In May, Hamlin won the Sprint All-Star Race after beating Keselowski off pit road during final pit stops. This was not only Hamlin's first All-Star win, but also the first JGR and Toyota All-Star wins.
After qualifying for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Hamlin won the first race of the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway.
Hamlin and his girlfriend Jordan Fish have a daughter together, Taylor James Hamlin, born on January 20, 2013.
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