“After feeling some reoccurring symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, my physician and I decided routine surgery would be best for this situation,” Burton said. “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 (car owner) 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.”
The procedure was an outpatient one, and Burton was at his home recovering soon after the surgery.
As Burton, who finished out 2012 19th in the driver points standings, will have a new crew chief on his No. 31 team when the 2013 season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway in February. Luke Lambert was moved from RCR’s No. 2 Nationwide Series team to the No. 31 team in the Sprint Cup Series for which Burton drives. Lambert led Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 2 Nationwide team to a second-place finish in that series’ points standings this year. Sadler left the Childress organization at the end of the year to compete in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013.
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