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Gordon hopes procedure will help pain

Updated: May 19, 2009, 6:49 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sprint Cup points leader Jeff Gordon underwent a facet block procedure on his back on Monday that he hopes will alleviate the pain that has gotten progressively worse.

The procedure took place in the Charlotte area and is not expected to keep the four-time Sprint Cup champion from participating in Thursday's qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 or any other weekend events.

"I was a little sore after the procedure, but I'll definitely take that brief bit of ...

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