The day started on a tough note for Joe Gibbs Racing when doctor’s determined that Denny Hamlin would not be cleared to race because of a sinus infection that was causing some issues with his vision. Fortunately Sam Hornish, Jr. was on-hand and was able to fill-in for Hamlin for today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
The day would end on a higher note with Kyle Busch capturing JGR’s first victory of the 2014 season in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota.
Hamlin was taken to a local hospital for additional evaluation and released. He will undergo further evaluation this week in Charlotte. Meanwhile Hornish managed to bring the No. 11 FedEx Camry home in 17th, while teammate Matt Kenseth started from the pole in his No. 20 Dollar General Camry and went on to earn a strong fourth-place finish.