Hamlin cleared to drive at Martinsville
By: Al Pearce on March 26, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – On Wednesday, doctors removed a piece of metal from Denny Hamlin’;s eye. Hamlin wasn’;t permitted to drive in last week’;s race in Fontana since health care personnel believed a sinus infection was creating blurred vision.
The sliver of metal that stored Denny Hamlin out of final weekend’s Auto Club 400 at Fontana, Calif., has been removed, and the Joe Gibbs Racing star has been medically cleared to race in this weekend’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Va. The word came Wednesday afternoon from JGR following Hamlin visited his medical doctor in Charlotte, N.C.
The 23-time Sprint Cup race winner with JGR started feeling ill the night ahead of last weekend’s race Automobile Club 400. An eye irritation grew increasingly severe from Saturday night to Sunday morning, prompting 2 journeys to the track’s infield care center. It was established soon after the Sunday morning pay a visit to that he wasn’t cleared to race because of a sinus infection affecting his vision. He invested considerably of race day at a nearby hospital, undergoing even more evaluation.
Doctors found a modest piece of metal in Hamlin’s eye. After they eliminated it, he began to enhance right away. When a CT scan didn’t reveal any other concerns, he was discharged from the hospital and flew property Sunday evening. He was evaluated in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday and was cleared for the Martinsville race right after another examination on Wednesday afternoon.
Hamlin missed 4 races last spring following struggling a serious back injury in a final-lap, final-turn crash with Joey Logano at Car Club Speedway. Their incident opened the door for JGR teammate Kyle Busch to win the 400-miler. Busch repeated that victory last weekend with yet another final-lap pass, this one particular by Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth.
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