Due to insurmountable and continuing pain, Denny Hamlin will undergo surgery on his knee. He wants to limit his time out of the race car by doing it during an off-week.
The surgery will be done in Charlotte on Tuesday March 30th. Rehab will begin right after the surgery, approximately two days afterwards. “At least I know that every day will be better from then out.”
After the Bristol race, Hamlin says his knee was, “Achy has it has ever been before.”
“No doubt, I will be at Phoenix.” Hamlin says he will be ok to race in two weeks at Phoenix despite knowing that everyone is different in the recovery process.
Casey Mears will be the “standby driver” and if needed will be practice and qualify the car at Phoenix. “I will just have to see how it goes.” Hamlin said.
Hamlin expects his driving style will have to change for at least the Phoenix race. “Probably Phoenix, I will use my right foot to brake.”
“As long as they can pry me into the seat, they won’t get me out!” Hamlin said about getting into the car at Phoenix.
“The number one goal is to be 100% if we make the chase”