Chase Elliott will miss Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after present process a three-hour surgical procedure to restore his fractured tibia.
Elliott suffered the harm snowboarding, and Hendrick Motorsports normal supervisor Jeff Andrews mentioned there was no timeline for Elliott’s return to racing.
“We’re going to race a long time together with Chase Elliott, and we’re going to win a lot more races together,” Andrews mentioned.
“Certainly, there’s a little bit of a setback, and obviously Chase is very disappointed. The most important thing is Chase’s health, and we’ll have a suit ready for him when he’s healthy and ready to get back in a race car.”
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Josh Berry will drive the No. 9 Chevrolet in Sunday’s Cup race in Las Vegas.
Berry acknowledged he might want to modify to driving the brand new automotive, however he did handle to win two Xfinity Series races on the observe up to now. He mentioned his familiarity with the observe must be helpful.
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“I’m going to be learning a new car here in an hour or so, so at least having some success on the track, I think that definitely gives me more confidence in what I’m doing,” Berry mentioned Saturday. “It’s been a wild couple of days. You never know what will happen when you wake up.”
Andrews added that the method has began to get a waiver for Elliot from NASCAR. If the waiver is granted, Elliott can be eligible to compete within the playoffs.
Kyle Busch, a two-time Cup Series champion, mentioned he spoke with Elliott and shared his personal expertise coming back from a damaged proper leg and left foot at Daytona in 2015.
“Even as good of a support system as I had around me during my injury, there was a time when we were watching the races on Sunday, and you kind of break down and miss being out there and being in your car and having a chance of going out there to compete,” Busch mentioned.
“That’s what we live for and build on our whole lives to have success. Chase is plenty young (27) and, I’m sure, plenty healthy enough that it’s not going to be anything too crazy to go through.”
Elliott’s harm didn’t occur on the observe, however Andrews mentioned Hendrick Motorsports is not going to change its new coverage relating to drivers’ actions away from the observe, saying “these guys have to go out and live a life.”
Elliott completed second final week in Fontana, California, within the collection’ second race of the season. Elliott was concerned in a crash the week earlier than on the Daytona 500.
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He is a second-generation driver and the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott. The Georgia native is NASCAR’s five-time fan-voted hottest driver.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.