Martin Has Minor Knee Surgery

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Sometimes, it’s nice to have a week off to relax, take a vacation, or just heal up from injuries.

Mark Martin will do the latter. The driver of Roush Racing’s No. 6 Pfizer/Viagra Ford underwent outpatient surgery Monday to remove a screw from his left knee. The screw was inserted in July 1999 after Martin suffered a broken tibia plateau during an accident at Daytona International Speedway during a practice session for the Pepsi 400.

Martin decided to have the procedure done Monday so he would have 11 days before he had to climb in his race car again. The NASCAR Winston Cup Series has the weekend off before preparing for The Winston at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on May 19.

Dr. Chuck Kollmer, the same doctor who operated on Martin's knee originally, as well as his back in December 1999, performed the minor surgery. The procedure was done in Dr. Kollmer’s office in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

"I had been having pain in my knee since this winter," Martin said. "It really started bothering me during testing at Daytona in January. I had an x-ray done and Dr. Kollmer believed the screw was backing out of my knee. It didn’t hurt all the time, but every so often I would just bend it, and it hurt quite a bit. It even bruised my knee from the inside out once.

"Hopefully this will fix the problem. I figured I would have the screw removed now and give it a few months to heal. If there is still a problem, then I’ll have more work done to it over the winter. (Monday’s) procedure was pretty simple. I just had a local anesthetic and was home before lunch."

Martin is running 21st in the Winston Cup point standings after 11 races this season. He has one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

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