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Gordon hopes procedure is answer

Updated: May 21, 2009, 7:33 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon said his career could be shortened if back problems that have grown progressively worse don't improve.

Gordon had a facet block injection earlier this week to ease the pain that has made being in the car increasingly uncomfortable. The points leader said he had an MRI last month that revealed arthritis and other ailments he would not identify.

"If my back were the way it was at Bristol this year, it definitely would ...

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