Brendan Maloy
Wednesday March 26th, 2014

Denny Hamlin is currently 11th in NASCAR standings. (Chris Graythen/NASCAR/Getty Images) Denny Hamlin is currently 12th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. (Chris Graythen/NASCAR/Getty Images)

Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that Denny Hamlin is cleared to race at Martinsville Speedway this weekend after pulling out of the Auto Club 400 on Sunday due to impaired vision, reports Marty Smith of ESPN.

Hamlin discovered he had impaired vision last Saturday night and woke up to find the condition had worsened due to what was originally diagnosed as a sinus infection but doctors later found to be an obstruction in his eye.

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. 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.
Hamlin had the eye reexamined on Wednesday and was given the go ahead to return to NASCAR racing in Virginia this weekend.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.