Kasey Kahne underwent successful outpatient knee surgery this morning, but is expected to be ready for next week’s Budweiser Shootout, the Daytona 500 and all of Daytona Speedweeks.
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Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolets, had an MRI Thursday after experiencing swelling in his left knee. The MRI revealed a torn meniscus, which was treated this morning with a partial medial meniscus removal. Following the common arthroscopic procedure, he was released from an outpatient facility in Charlotte, N.C. In April 2011, Kahne had a procedure on his right meniscus and earned a third-place finish the following race at Richmond, Va.
Kahne will practice, qualify and race throughout NASCAR's season-opening Speedweeks festivities, and Hendrick Motorsports has no plans to have a backup driver on standby in Daytona Beach.