Championship 4 contender Denny Hamlin has had a successful surgery
Denny Hamlin came into the playoffs as one of the favorites. It was possibly his best year to date in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Hamlin is in his 15th season. He picked up six wins in 2019, two shy of his career best back in 2010. 19 top-5s and 24 top-10s are both career bests.
He advanced into the playoffs and made it all the way to the Championship 4. However, he came up short in the final race.
As the sun set and the temperature dropped, the crew installed a piece of tape on the front grill. That was to get every bit out of the aerodynamics.
However, the piece of tape was too big. Water began flowing out of the overflow. Hamlin was forced to return to the pit lane, under green, to remove the large piece of tape that was just installed.
Hamlin led some laps but came up short in the NASCAR finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Pre-planned Shoulder surgery
After a career best season, Hamlin had made plans to undergo shoulder surgery. At the start of the playoffs, he was given a cortisone shot to help with the pain and get him through the off-season.
That shoulder surgery has now been completed. Joe Gibbs Racing has confirmed that Hamlin will be ready to go by the 2020 season.
The surgery was done at the Charlotte Surgery Center in North Carolina by Dr. Patrick Connor.