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Today in History: January 22

January 22, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

2010: Denny Hamlin suffers perhaps the most famous knee injury in later day NASCAR when he tears the ACL in his left knee playing pickup basketball. Hamlin decides to race the entire season injured, but after getting off to a slow start -- no finish better than 17th in the first five races, he opts for surgery the day after the Martinsville race in March. But rain delays the race until Monday, yet Hamlin wins anyway. He wins his second race after surgery and goes on to win a season-high eight races and lead the NASCAR point standings until the final race of the season.