Danny Hamlin cleared to race at Martinsville

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 22: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2014 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - MARCH 22:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2014 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA – MARCH 22: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2014 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

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 t released a statement Wednesday with the details on Hamlin’s issue. MORE>>>

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