MEARS TAPPED AS STAND-IN FOR HAMLIN

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ News broke late Friday evening that preseason favorite Denny Hamlin will undergo surgery following this weekend’s race in Martinsville for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver suffered the injury while playing basketball in January. Originally, Hamlin planned to have reconstructive surgery following the 2010 season, but after just six races the plans have changed. “We were going to wait until the end of the season, b ...

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