MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Being told he couldnt race last weekend because of an eye and vision problem will not make Denny Hamlin less likely to seek the help of medical staffs available at NASCAR tracks every weekend, he said Friday. Hamlin let Sam Hornish Jr. drive his car last weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., after he sought the assistance of the on-site medical team when his face swelled up and his vision blurred. Initially thought to be a sinus infection, it turned out to be a small piece of metal in his eye, Hamlin said at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin said he doesnt blame the two doctors who examined him for failing to see the rusting metal, and it wasnt until he saw an optometrist that it was discovered, removed, and he started feeling better. "It took someone who was in the business of eyes to find it," he said. Hamlin has been cleared to return this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, where he has won four times, and he took umbrage at the notion that his reputation might have been tarnished when he missed the race. "People who think negatively of me or think that we side-stepped some sort of drug test or something is ridiculous," he said, adding that he was making an effort not to get angry at the suggestion that something untoward was afoot. "Im in one of the top-three cars in NASCAR. I would have to be an absolute moron — moron — to risk that." Dale Earnhardt Jr., who originally said he was concerned about Hamlins point of view about how he wound up being told he couldnt race, said his concern wasnt for the medical teams competency, but for his fellow driver. "I feel great about the process and what NASCAR has had in place for years," Earnhardt said. NASCAR travels with two registered nurses who have access to each drivers medical records each week, and tracks work with local doctors and hospitals to staff a full trauma unit when cars are on the track. Hamlin, 34, said hes frustrated by spending so much time answering medical questions. The Fontana race was where he sustained a broken back a year ago, and he rushed back into competition hoping to make the playoffs, but came up short. "I feel better than I ever have," he said. "Pilates has changed my life as far as my back is concerned. My back is no longer an issue — knock on wood. Everything — you hate getting attention for those reasons, but a lot of it is because we havent won a whole lot over these last year and a half. "Were going to change that this weekend." ___ Follow Hank on twitter at: http://twitter.com/hankkurzjr Nike Just Do It Skor .C. -- Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has been ruled out for Sundays game against the Atlanta Falcons. Nike Air Max Rea . 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Brennan added an empty netter with less than 25 seconds remaining for his second of the playoffs.CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Bill Elliott headlined the sixth class of inductees into NASCARs Hall of Fame, a group that included three champions, the first African-American winner and a driver with movie star looks.Awesome Bill From Dawsonville was NASCARs 1988 champion, a 44-race winner and the first driver to win the Winston Million bonus in 1985 for winning three NASCAR crown jewel races.A 16-time winner of NASCARs most popular driver award, Elliott won two Daytona 500s and the Southern 500 three times.His induction came one day after his 19-year-old son, Chase, was named by Hendrick Motorsports as the driver who will replace four-time champion Jeff Gordon in the iconic No. 24.Introduced by Kasey Kahne, who replaced Elliott in the No. 9 in 2004, and Elliott was inducted by former car owner Ray Evernham.Thinking about it and dreaming about it and listening to guys on the radio ... its just incredible, Elliott said. I dreamed of doing this.The sixth class was the first to be comprised of five drivers.First to be inducted Friday night was Fred Lorenzen, one of NASCARs first superstars.Nicknamed Golden Boy and Fearless Freddie, the Elmhurst, Illinois, native was one of NASCARs first stars to hail from outside the sports Southern roots. He was introduced by Indiana native and three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, who made note of Lorenzens famous look.He was a teen idol with movie star looks, so clearly we have a lot in common, Stewart said.Lorenzen had 26 wins in just 158 starts in a part-time career that spanned 1956-1972. Now in a wheelchair, he sat on the stage as his son, Chris, gave his acceptance speech.Dad had the gift of charisma, something money just cant buy, Chris Lorenzen said. People drove from all over to see Dad, Fast Freddie. Dad treated strangers just as he treated his own family.He was followed by Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver to be elected to the Hall.Scott, who died in 1990, competed in NASCARs top series from 1961-73. He won his only race, at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1963, taking the checkered flaag in the 100-mile feature.dddddddddddd. Scott started 495 Sprint Cup events and had a 147 top 10 finishes.Scott, the first African-American driver to race full-time in NASCARs top series, won more than 100 races at local tracks before making the difficult step to NASCAR.He was introduced by Gordon, who announced last week this season will be his last.His is a story of perseverance and determination in the face of unimaginable obstacles, Gordon said. He fought through any and all hardships, and tonight he reaches NASCARs pinnacle.Scott was represented by his sons, Wendell Scott Jr., and Franklin.I would like to thank NASCAR for making this night possible, and their effort to improve diversity in NASCAR racing, Franklin Scott said. Wendell Scott fulfilled his destiny, and now we can proudly say that he is the first African-American inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We must carry his legacy to even greater heights.Reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick introduced the third inductee, Rex White.White, like Harvick, drove the No. 4. He raced from 1956-64, winning 28 times in 233 events including six races during his championship season in 1960.White, a short-track specialist, finished among the top-five in nearly half his starts. Only two of his wins came on tracks longer than a mile in length.White was to be inducted by former pit crew member James Hylton, but he began his speech before Hylton made it to the podium. He then scrambled the pages to his speech and told the audience dont leave, as he tried to organize them. Hylton then tried to help him put the pages in order, and White looked at him and said James, you were the one supposed to be doing this, anyway.Two-time champion Joe Weatherly was fourth to be inducted, and was introduced by 2012 champion Brad Keselowski.Weatherly, who died after a crash at Riverside in 1964, won 25 races and back-to-back championships in 1962 and 1963. It was the only two years Weatherly competed full-time at NASCARs top level.He was accepted into the Hall by Joy Barbee, his youngest niece. ' ' '