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Hamlin Rips Up A Knee On Court

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Monday, January 25 2010
Denny Hamlin says injured led will not keep him out of the 500. (File photo courtesy of NASCAR)

Denny Hamlin says injured led will not keep him out of the 500. (File photo courtesy of NASCAR)

Denny Hamlin insists that his ripped-up knee will not keep him out of next month’s Speed Week activities at Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin injured the knee playing basketball over the weekend. The diagnosis is a torn ACL.

Hamlin is the driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota Camry. He earned a berth in the Chase for the Spring Cup Championship last year and finished the 2009 season strongly.

He was considered by many to be a prime candidate to win this year’s Sprint Cup championship.

Injuries of the type Hamlin sustained can end some athletes’ seasons, in not their careers.

A Hamlin spokesman said that the current plan is to have surgery being put off until the end of the upcoming season.

The spokesperson, on Sunday, said he was unsure about specific rehabilitation plans and use of crutches or braces in the upcoming season.

Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards injured his ankle while playing Frisbee during the 2009 season.

Edwards raced with walking cast on the ankle and used crutches to make his way around garages and pits.

– Jim Pedley can be reached at racintoday.com

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Monday, January 25 2010
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