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Sources: Hamlin to have standby driver

Updated: March 27, 2010, 12:47 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin will have reconstructive surgery on his left knee Monday, Joe Gibbs said.

Hamlin, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in January playing pickup basketball, planned to wait until the end of the 2010 season to repair it.

But growing fear of long-term damage forced his hand, sources said.

Hamlin plans to start every race and doesn't expect to miss any competition. Sources said he plans to have a driver on standby for several races just ...

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