Cup Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota, gets in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama.

Published on March 26th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith


Hamlin Cleared To Race At Martinsville

Denny Hamlin has been cleared by doctors to drive the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin missed the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway due to a sinus infection that caused a vision problem. It turns out that Hamlin had a small piece of metal, which has since been removed, in his eye which is believed to have caused the vision problems.

About an hour before the race, Hamlin went to the infield care center at Fontana the night before the race because his eye was bothering him. The condition had worsened by the morning of the race, so Hamlin went to the care center again.

The decision was made to hold Hamlin out of the car after he failed a test in which drivers are asked to visually follow a finger as it moves back and forth. His headache was so bad, according to Darian Grubb, his crew chief, that Hamlin was holding his head.

Hamlin went to the hospital for further evaluation, which Sam Hornish Jr drove Hamlin’s car to a respectable 17th-place finish.

While at the hospital, doctors found a small piece of metal in Hamlin’s eye. Once it was removed, Hamlin’s condition improved. Further tests revealed no other issues, so the metal is believed to have been the culprit.


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