RIDGEWAY, Va. — Denny Hamlin was back at Martinsville Speedway Friday after being a last-minute scratch from last Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway due to a medical issue. He had some strong words for his detractors, according to FOX Sports.
Thirty-five minutes before last Sunday’s race, it was announced Hamlin would not be racing due to a sinus problem that was affecting his vision. It was later revealed that a small piece of metal had gotten into his eye and started to rust. Hamlin’s eye became infected, impairing his vision.
Hamlin said he was upset about what some apparently said about him after last week’s race.
“Like I just said, my health is my business, but what if it was cancer or tumor — I don’t have to tell anyone that,” Hamlin told the media. “It’s my business. People who think negatively of me or think that we side-stepped some sort of drug test or something is ridiculous. I’m in one of the top-three cars in NASCAR, I would have to be an absolute moron — moron — to risk that.”
Hamlin did not specify exactly what was said or who said it.
“For people to question who I am inside and outside the race car, I’ve never done anything to even put that in question,” he said.
He went on to say that because he goes out in public more often than some drivers, that is where some scrutiny comes from.
“Because I’m out there a little bit more people think I go out and I party,” he said. “I got a wake up call because I don’t drink at all, hardly ever. I’ve never done drugs, ever. I’m as clean as they come.”
“I’m done justifying and defending myself on those things. I’m not going to let those people drag me down,” he added.
Hamlin was medically cleared to race on Wednesday.
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