Hamlin expects to go distance at Texas
Denny Hamlin said Wednesday his knee is feeling better and he
expects to run the full race this weekend at Texas Motor
Hamlin had surgery March 31 to repair a torn ligament in his
left knee. He tore his ACL playing basketball during the offseason,
and had surgery two days after his win at Martinsville to prevent
Although he had Casey Mears on standby last weekend at Phoenix,
where Hamlin raced 10 days after the surgery, Hamlin didn’t get out
of his car even after dropping two laps off the lead.
“I definitely thought about it,” he said. “But I never want
to give up on anything and I wasn’t going to give up on the team on
Saturday night. They worked hard to get that car ready for me, they
were patient with me and I owe to it to them to give it my best
“That’s as true when you are running up front as it is when you
are struggling. It was actually an easy decision from the
Hamlin said his knee is feeling better this week, and he’s been
able to keep up with his rehabilitation despite going from Phoenix
to Los Angeles for a two-day commercial shoot.
“I don’t see any reason that I will have trouble with my knee
by the time we get to Texas,” he said. “Unlike Phoenix where we
had to use a ton of brake, Texas is much different so I will be in
the car and expect to go the full distance, just as I did at
Phoenix last weekend.”
Mears is still scheduled to be on standby.