Driver hopes treatments ease pain

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LONG POND, Pa. – Jeff Gordon has ruled out surgery on his aching back and hopes the daily treatments he receives at the track will ease the pain he's felt for more than a year.

The four-time Sprint Cup series champion said he may opt instead for a repeat of a procedure he had last month, which typically calls for an injection of lidocaine or anti-inflammatory medication. He said that may take place in four to six weeks.

"Surgery really hasn't been an option," Gordon said after a steady downpour Friday washed out qualifying for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

He added surgery was "too invasive, and I don't think it's necessary."

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