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Kyle Larson released from hospital, not cleared to race

After fainting Saturday and undergoing extensive tests, Larson was released from the hospital Monday night.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Larson was released from the hospital Monday night and is awaiting the results of further tests before he can be cleared to race.

Larson, 22, fainted during an autograph appearance Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway. He was taken to an area hospital and transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., later that night to be evaluated by a neurologist. Larson also underwent cardiac testing.

Chip Ganassi Racing said the initial tests were negative and Larson was "alert and awake" and feeling "fine." He sat out Sunday's Martinsville Sprint Cup race. Regan Smith drove Larson's No. 42 car to a 16th-place finish.

"After extensive testing and observation over the last few days, Kyle Larson was released from the hospital (Monday) night and has finished up final tests today," the team said in a statement Tuesday. "He is currently waiting for final doctor recommendations in order to clear him to return to all NASCAR-related activities."

Larson will have to receive medical clearance before NASCAR will permit him to race.

All three NASCAR national touring series are off this weekend due to the Easter holiday. The Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series resume April 10-11 at Texas Motor Speedway.