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Denny Hamlin tears ACL playing basketball

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 17:00:49-04

RICHMOND – According to a release from Joe Gibbs Racing, Chesterfield native Denny Hamlin tore his left ACL playing basketball Tuesday night. Hamlin, who has already qualified for this year’s Chase for the Championship, has received medical clearance to race this weekend at RIR and beyond, but will require surgery after the season.

This is the second time Hamlin has been injured playing basketball. He tore the ACL is his right knee back in 2010 and had postseason surgery that year as well. The following is the official release from JGR:

Joe Gibbs Racing announced that driver #11-Denny Hamlin suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his right knee while playing basketball Tuesday night. Hamlin had a MRI this morning to confirm the diagnosis and has been evaluated by the medical team at OrthoCarolina. He has received the medical clearance necessary to continue racing activities and is expected to race the remainder of the season and through the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Hamlin will require surgery to repair the ACL damage following the season.