Hamlin undergoes scheduled knee surgery

Denny Hamlin underwent what Joe Gibbs Racing called a "successful" surgery on his right knee Monday.

Hamlin is expected to make a full recovery and be ready to compete in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season-opener at Daytona in February. The surgery was performed by Dr. Patrick Connor of OrthoCarolina.

Hamlin tore his ACL in early September while playing basketball, but did not miss any races due to the injury. The No. 11 driver also tore the ACL in his left knee back in 2010, again while playing a pickup game of basketball.

His JGR teammate and newly crowned champion Kyle Busch will undergo two offseason surgeries himself. The purpose of the procedures will be to remove plates and screws from his left foot and a rod from his right leg after injuries sustained in a crash at Daytona in February.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Denny Hamlin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Article type Breaking news