Hamlin tears ACL, expected to race

Joe Gibbs Racing announced Wednesday that Denny Hamlin tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee, but is expected to race the remainder of the season and postpone the surgery until after the season finale in Homestead.

Hamlin suffered the injury playing basketball Tuesday night, with confirmation coming following an MRI Wednesday morning.

The 34-year-old previously tore his ACL in his left knee January 2010, also while playing basketball.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Richmond this weekend for the final race before the Chase for the Championship begins.

Hamlin is locked in the Chase and currently sits eighth in the standings.

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