NASCAR driver Jeff Burton has successful minor surgery

Ed Zurga

Jeff Burton had minor wrist surgery on Tuesday afternoon to alleviate symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, Richard Childress Racing said in a press release Wednesday. The surgery was successful and was an outpatient procedure.

"After feeling some reoccurring symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, my physician and I decided routine surgery would be best for this situation," Burton said in a statement. "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."

Burton finished 19th in points this year and has had back-to-back disappointing seasons after making the Chase in 2010. Lambert replaced Drew Blickensderfer as Burton's crew chief.

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