Watch as Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota gets wrapped in its Sport Clips scheme to race in the Sprint Cup Series at Darlington.
A long day of rain Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway postponed the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 to Monday. Although there was no rain today, the moisture left over still played a role with the race starting under caution for the opening 10 laps to help dry out any remaining damp spots on the 1.5-mile oval. NASCAR also scheduled a competition caution so teams could check tire wear with the track having been washed clean of any tire rubber build up over the weekend.
When the 500 miles had been completed it was Kyle Busch leading Joe Gibbs Racing with a third-place finish, while Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in seventh and Denny Hamlin earned a 13th-place finish.
Saturday’s rain at Martinsville Speedway washed the track clean of all the tire rubber that had accumulated from Friday’s practice sessions resulting in a unique race with team’s anticipating changing track conditions throughout the course of today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500.
When it was over Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a sixth-place finish, while Kyle Busch took the checkered flag in 14th and Denny Hamlin battled to finish 19th.
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin will race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway after NASCAR received official confirmation from his doctors that he has been medically cleared to return to regular racing activities.
Hamlin first visited the infield care center at Auto Club Speedway Saturday night bothered with an irritation in his eye. He returned to the infield care center again on Sunday morning because his condition had worsened. It was at this time that it was determined by the medical team onsite that he would not be allowed to race due to a sinus infection that was impacting his vision. The doctors at the infield care center referred him to the local hospital for further evaluation.
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. He was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon and was given the doctor’s approval to fly home.
Hamlin was then evaluated by a doctor in the Charlotte area on Monday and was sent home to rest. He was instructed to return Wednesday for a follow-up examination. Following today’s examination, his doctors provided the necessary approval for Hamlin to resume all racing activity without restriction. NASCAR has received official confirmation from his doctors clearing him to resume racing this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.