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November 22, 2023

Denny Hamlin undergoes shoulder surgery; full recovery expected before 2024 season

Denny Hamlin looks on from the Cup Series qualifying grid for the season finale at Phoenix Raceway
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Joe Gibbs Racing officials announced Wednesday that Denny Hamlin, driver of its No. 11 Toyota, underwent successful shoulder surgery earlier in the day and is expected to fully heal in time for the 2024 season.

JGR indicated that the arthroscopic procedure — performed by Dr. Patrick Connor at Charlotte Surgery Center — was successfully completed on Hamlin’s right shoulder. Team officials also indicated that the 43-year-old driver is expected to recover fully before the NASCAR Cup Series resumes with the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum exhibition race on Feb. 4.

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The team also confirmed that the operation was for an existing ailment. In the season finale of his “Actions Detrimental” podcast Nov. 7, Hamlin detailed some of his offseason plans, saying, “I’ve got some recovery to do physically. 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.”

Hamlin underwent a similar offseason procedure on his left shoulder on Nov. 21, 2019.

Hamlin finished fifth in the Cup Series standings last year, just missing a Championship 4 appearance. He collected three victories and four pole positions.