Joe Gibbs Racing confirms Denny Hamlin’s release from hospital

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Denny Hamlin has been released from a local hospital after a sinus infection that affected his vision kept him out of today’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

A statement released by Joe Gibbs Racing tonight said that Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota, was taken to the hospital for additional evaluation, and that he will receive further evaluation later this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sam Hornish Jr., who was in Fontana on standby for expectant father Matt Kenseth, subbed for Hamlin in the No. 11 and finished a solid 17th in his first Sprint Cup race since last spring at Kansas Speedway.

Dustin Long of Motor Racing Network spoke with Hamlin’s crew chief, Darian Grubb, who detailed the physical distress that Hamlin was in before the race.

“…It got to where he couldn’t see and having trouble with the vision in his left eye because of the pressure and everything that was going on,” Grubb said to MRN.

“At that point, NASCAR did some testing and he could not follow the finger going by his eyes as he should have been. They weren’t going to let him go [race].”

Hamlin had been looking for a better outing at Fontana this year after sustaining fractured vertebrae in a final lap crash during last year’s race on the two-mile oval.

Instead, he’ll have to hope that he will be cleared to compete on home ground next weekend at Martinsville Speedway, a track where he’s won four times in his Sprint Cup career.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.