Hendrick Motorsports Driver Chase Elliott to Miss NASCAR Cup Series Race after Snowboarding Injury
Chase Elliott, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion and Hendrick Motorsports driver, will be absent from this weekend's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after injuring his left leg while snowboarding in Colorado on Friday. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday evening.
The Hendrick team announced that Josh Berry, a regular driver for Hendrick affiliate JR Motorsports, will replace Elliott in the No. 9 Chevrolet this weekend. The decision was made to prioritize Elliott's health, and he has the team's full support.
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Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said, “Chase's health is our primary concern. He's spoken with several members of our team and is understandably disappointed to miss time in the car. Of course, he has our full support, and we'll provide any resources he needs. We hope to share another update later this weekend.”
Elliott has had an impressive Cup Series career, with this being his first missed start since his full-time debut in 2016. Prior to this weekend, he had made 218 consecutive starts, winning 18 times during that stretch. He advanced to the Championship 4 in both 2021 and 2022 in addition to his 2020 title.