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Hamlin cleared to race at Martinsville

Denny Hamlin has been cleared to race at Martinsville this weekend
Denny Hamlin has been cleared to race at Martinsville this weekend
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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin has been cleared by NASCAR to race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway after the sanctioning body received official confirmation from his doctors that he has been medically cleared to return to regular racing activities.

Hamlin visited the infield care center at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday night bothered with an irritation in his eye, then returned to the infield care center on Sunday morning because his condition had worsened. The onsite medical team determined he would not be allowed to race due to a sinus infection that was impacting his vision; he was then referred to the local hospital for further evaluation.

During the hospital evaluation, a small piece of metal was found in Hamlin’s eye; doctors removed the sliver and Hamlin felt immediate improvement to his condition. A CT Scan did not find any other problems, and the metal is believed to have been the source of Hamlin’s vision problems. Hamlin was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon and given doctor’s approval to fly home.

He was reevaluated by a doctor in Charlotte on Monday, was sent home to rest and told to return Wednesday for a follow-up examination. After the follow-up examination, his doctors provided the necessary approval for Hamlin to resume all racing activity without restriction.

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