Jeff Gordon Has Minor Back Procedure Done

Danielle hendersonCorrespondent IMay 20, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - MAY 01:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Dupont Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway on May 1, 2009 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Jeff Gordon has been suffering from back pain for a few years.

His Doctor zeroed in on the cause, a touch of arthritis, possible trauma from previous problem and aging.

On Monday, with this weeks' Coca Cola 600 approaching fast, Gordon had a minor procedure in which they give an injection of lidocaine or anti-inflammatory medication.

This procedure is called a facet block.

Gordon said he has experienced a bit of soreness, but is doing better and should be able to race the whole 600 miles pain free.