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NASCAR contender Denny Hamlin undergoes off-season shoulder surgery

NASCAR: NASCAR Cup Series Championship
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NASCAR veteran Denny Hamlin underwent successful shoulder surgery on Wednesday morning and will be fully recovered in time to start the 2024 season.

His team, Joe Gibbs Racing, confirmed the surgery in a press release and stated that a successful procedure on his right shoulder was performed by Dr. Patrick Connor at the Charlotte Surgery Center. The procedure was for an existing ailment.

Hamlin indicated this was imminent on the season finale of his ‘Actions Detrimental’ podcast on November 7.

“I’ve got some recovery to do physically,” Hamlin said on his Dirty Mo Media show. “I’ve got to get some stuff fixed. It’s just part of normal maintenance for me on the offseason, like ‘what surgery are we having?’ It’s like pretty on the regular at this point, but once we get that stuff fixed, I think I certainly will be better and ready to get going for 2024.”

It’s regular in that Denny Hamlin underwent a similar offseason procedure on his left shoulder on November 21, 2019.

Hamlin has become one of the most successful drivers of his era, scoring 20 wins over the past five seasons, and is the winningest driver in Cup Series history to have not won a championship.

He won three times this past season and was ultimately denied a championship race berth due a power steering issue that sent his car into the wall at Homestead in the final three-race round of the season.  

Matt Weaver is a Motorsports Insider for Sportsnaut. Follow him on Twitter. 

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