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Hamlin scratched at Fontana with sinus infection

March 23rd, 2014 3:26 pm by GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

Hamlin scratched at Fontana with sinus infection

Denny Hamlin is shown at Bristol Motor Speedway in this Times-News file photo.

FONTANA, Calif. — Denny Hamlin will miss Sunday's NASCAR race at Fontana because of a sinus infection.

Hamlin was ruled out of his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota about 30 minutes before the start at the track where he crashed on the final lap of last year's race.

Sam Hornish Jr. will replace Hamlin, team President J.D. Gibbs said. Hornish was already at Fontana because Matt Kenseth's wife was due to have their next child.

Gibbs said Hamlin worried his sinus infection would affect his vision and his ability to drive. Hamlin was headed to a local hospital for a scan on the advice of a doctor who decided he wasn't fit to drive.

Hamlin had been eager to race at Fontana after being airlifted from the track last year with a broken vertebra.

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