Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Jeff Burton has wrist surgery

    Richard Childress Racing Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton had successful, minor wrist surgery on Tuesday to alleviate symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, his team announced.

   "After feeling some reoccurring symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, my physician and I decided routine surgery would be best for this situation," said Burton, who was back at home soon after the outpatient procedure.

   "There is no such thing as an offseason in this sport so I wanted to get it done as soon as possible to be ready for my Caterpillar Visitors Center appearance with Richard (Childress) early next month. Plus, we have many test sessions planned in December with the No. 31 Chevrolet team in preparation for the 2013 season with my new crew chief Luke Lambert. I will be ready to go."

   The 2013 Cup season will be Burton's 20th fulltime year. The South Boston, Va., native has amassed 21 wins, 132 top-five and 248 top-10 finishes, six poles and led 6,513 laps during his career. He finished 19th in the series standings this season.

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