Hamlin has successful surgery on right knee to repair ACL

Denny Hamlin competed throughout the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup with a torn ACL in his right knee. 

Sean Gardner

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin underwent successful surgery on his right knee, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The surgery was done to repair the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), which Hamlin tore while playing a game of pick-up basketball in September. He is expected to make a full recovery by the start of the 2016 season at Daytona International Speedway in February 

Dr. Patrick Connor of OrthoCarolina performed the surgery. 

The driver of the No. 11 Toyota announced his injury prior to the final race of the regular season at Richmond International Raceway. Despite the injury, Hamlin competed in that event, finishing sixth. To kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Hamlin overcame the ACL tear to win the opening race of the Challenger Round at Chicagoland Speedway. 

A 37th-place finish in the Chase elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway in October dropped Hamlin out of title contention. Hamlin finished the season ninth in the overall driver standings. 

On Wednesday, Hamlin’s JGR teammate and 2015 Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch announced he would undergo two surgeries in December for injuries related to his season-opening wreck at Datyona.