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Denny Hamlin undergoes successful shoulder surgery

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 - Practice

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 16: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

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Denny Hamlin has successfully undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Thursday. The team said Hamlin is expected to fully recover in time for the 2020 Cup season.

The surgery was completed by Dr. Patrick Connor at Charlotte Surgery Center.

Hamlin addressed his shoulder during the playoff weekend at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 1.

“I really don’t know how it happened to be honest with you, but it’s something that has been nagging really for years,” Hamlin said. “I’ve had shoulder issues. It just got to the point where it was really bad and got it scanned and figured out what it was. It hadn’t really affected me in the car at all. That part has really been fine.”

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