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Three-time NASCAR Grand National champion Cale Yarborough was to...

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Three-time NASCAR Grand National champion Cale Yarborough was to learn today whether torn ligaments in his right knee will require surgery.

Yarborough said Thursday he was to report to his doctor in Columbia at noon to find out whether he will have to have surgery or wear a cast on his leg for six weeks.

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The knee ligaments were damaged Oct. 30 in a four-car crash at Rockingham, N.C., during the early going of the American 500. A week later Yarborough drove at Atlanta, but didn't compete in the circuit's final race at Riverside, Calif.

Until Thursday, it was Yarborough's understanding his doctor would put a cast on the leg for six weeks. But after the physician consulted with other doctors, Yarborough said, he decided to make the final decision Friday after examining the knee.

'Now I don't know what they are going to do or when they are going to do it,' Yarborough said.

'But my leg is better. They started talking about cutting and it started getting better.'

He said a knot on his left shoulder 'the size of a hen's egg' is currently giving him more problems than his leg. The Rockingham wreck aggravated an old injury, and Yarborough said the doctor will examine his shoulder.

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No matter which method the doctor chooses for Yarborough, the 43-year-old said treatment of his leg will not interfer with testing for February's Daytona 500. He said the Harry Ranier team is scheduled to test at the 2 -mile Daytona International Speedway in late January.

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