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Hamlin names Mears as standby driver

Updated: March 27, 2010, 12:54 PM ET
By Angelique Chengelis | ESPN.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Denny Hamlin said fear of long-term disablement in his left knee motivated him to decide on reconstructive surgery sooner rather than later.

Hamlin, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee in January while playing pickup basketball, had planned to wait until after the 2010 season to repair it. But since then, he has competed in five Sprint Cup races, not to mention practices and qualifying and preseason events, and has subsequently torn the meniscus as a ...

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