Denny Hamlin undergoes knee surgery


Denny Hamlin underwent successful surgery Monday to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Joe Gibbs Racing announced in a statement.

Hamlin, who suffered the injury playing basketball in early September and decided to delay the surgery until after the 2015 season, competed in the final 11 races with the torn ACL.

The 35-year-old Hamlin is used to recovering from ACL surgery. He tore the ACL in his left knee prior to the 2010 season and then had surgery on it during an off-week in order to not miss a race.

"Hamlin is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of the 2016 NASCAR season in February," the team said Monday in its statement.

Having finished ninth in the 2015 Sprint Cup standings, Hamlin will miss events honoring the top-16 drivers Wednesday and Thursday in Las Vegas. He might attend the awards banquet Friday, where his teammate Kyle Busch will be honored as the 2015 series champion.