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Denny Hamlin Resting at Home after Knee Surgery

April 4, 2010

NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is home resting following surgery on his left knee.

Patrick Connor repaired the anterior cruciate ligament in Hamlin’s left knee Wednesday morning outside Charlotte. Hamlin tore his ACL playing basketball in January.

He wanted to postpone surgery until after the NASCAR season, but decided to have it repaired this week. The surgery had been postponed from Monday, the same day Hamlin won his first race of the season at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin moved up four spots in the standings to 15th and is just 24 points out the top 12 and a spot in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup to determine the champion.

Joe Gibbs Racing says Hamlin will drive as scheduled in the April 10 race at Phoenix, but Casey Mears will be on standby as a relief driver.

“He will start rehab immediately, and now we can concentrate on getting his knee back to full strength, said J.D. Gibbs, president of JGR.

“The doctors tell us it will improve with each passing week and that he cannot damage it by driving.”

The Series is off this weekend.

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