(photo courtesy of Leon Hammack)
With the upcoming off Sunday, Denny Hamlin has decided to have reconstructive surgery Monday to repair the ACL in his left knee. With the bye week next Sunday, Hamlin is expected to not miss any races. The next race on the NASCAR schedule is the race in Phoenix on April 10th.
The surgery will be preformed by Dr. Patrick Connor with OrthoCrolina. Hamlin injured the knee in January playing a pickup game of basketball prior to the start of the 2010 NASCAR season.
Hamlin has said that he does not know how long it will take to fully recover from the surgery. “From what the doctor told me and that is all I can really go by, is that recovery fro everyone is different,” Hamlin said. “Some people take right to it, some people take a little longer. Everyone is different. We’re going to do the cadaver graph so it is going to be a false piece that we will add in there. It just depends on how your body will handle it. Right now he says that I will be to get in the car at Phoenix- there’s now doubt that we will be able to get in it. It’s just tolerance of pain is going to be the limiting factor. I’m not going to do any further damage to it once it’s done. It’s going to be strictly pain limited.”
This season Hamlin is off to a very slow start, presently 19th in points and yet to log a top 10 finish. This from the team that was picked as the team to knock the #48 team off its pedestal.
Do you think that Hamlin will be back ready to race after just two weeks of recovery from ACL surgery?
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!