By AMANDA VINCENT
Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, successfully underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) in his right knee on Monday afternoon, according to a release from Joe Gibbs Racing.
Hamlin sustained the injury during a basketball game in September. He managed to not miss a race because of this particular injury. He is expected to make a full recovery by the start of the 2016 race season in February.
Hamlin made the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup after posting wins at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway. He finished out the 2015 season ninth in the championship standings.
Hamlin suffered a similar injury in his left knee, also in a basketball game, in 2010. He didn’t miss a race because of that injury, either. That season, he had surgery during an off-weekend and went on two win eight races, all after his surgery, and finish second in the championship standings
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