DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Denny Hamlins found the perfect way to rehab his surgically repaired knee - keep winning NASCAR races.
Hamlin became the first driver in 17 years to sweep the Sprint Cup and Nationwide events at Darlington Raceway, an achievement even more remarkable since he was on the operating table March 31 to fix a painful ACL tear in his left knee.
Still, less than two weeks later, Hamlin was back in his No. 11 Toyota and barely missing a shift. Hamlin says racing is a sort of physical therapy session.
Hamlin out-raced JGR teammate Kyle Busch to take the Royal Purple 200 on Friday night. At Saturday's Southern 500, Hamlin moved to the front late in the race and held on for the win.