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A NASCAR champion undergoes surgery for skin cancer Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 25: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, walks to his car during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Late in the afternoon on June 4, NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson was having the time of his life. He had just made history with his 11th win at the famous “Monster Mile” at Dover International Speedway, tying NASCAR driver Cale Yarborough on the Monster Energy Series all-time wins list. He seemingly had plenty of reasons to celebrate in victory lane, yet relatively few people knew what Jimmie was facing the very next day.

Because less than 24 hours later, Jimmie was under the knife.

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“Wear sunscreen kids,” Jimmie tweeted on June 5. “I’ve spent the morning on a table having Basal Cell Carcinoma cut out of my shoulder.”

Jimmie also noted that the Monday morning surgery for the condition, which is known to begin in the basal cells and is very common in people that have had excessive exposure to the sun, even affected his victory lane activities just one day before.

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“True. It affected my post race mojo,” the seven-time champion said in another June 5 tweet. “I was told no alcohol 12 hours prior to going under the knife.”

We send up prayers for Jimmie as he recuperates from this important surgery.

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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