Denny Hamlin has been cleared to race in this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin had to withdraw from last Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California only minutes before the start of the race due to vision problems.
Driver Sam Hornish Jr. stepped in for Hamlin who was taken to a local hospital and held overnight. Initial reports were that Hamlin’s issues were caused by a sinus infection. However while undergoing tests at the hospital a small piece metal was found; Hamlin immediately felt relief and had no further issues.
Joe Gibbs Racing released a statement Wednesday with the details on Hamlin’s issue.
"During the evaluation at the hospital a small piece of metal was also found to be in Hamlin’s eye. Doctors were able to remove the sliver of metal and Hamlin felt immediate improvement to his condition," the statement said. "A CT Scan did not find any other complications and thus it is believed that the metal was actually the source of Hamlin’s vision issues. He was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon and was given the doctor’s approval to fly home."