Chase Elliott returns to NASCAR following leg injury

NASCAR has granted a waiver to Chase Elliott

On March 3rd, Chase Elliott suffered a leg injury while snowboarding in Colorado. He’s the driver of the No. 9 car in the NASCAR Cup Series.

The incident took place just ahead of the NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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The same day, Elliott went into surgery at The Steadman Clinic, a U.S. Olympic National Medical Center in Vail, Colorado. For the next few weeks, Elliott remained in Colorado during rehab.

Josh Berry and Jordan Taylor filled in for the injured driver.

Toward the end of March, the 27-year-old returned home to Georgia and continued his rehabilitation steps.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Elliott ran through simulation tests via the Chevrolet simulator.

Now, he’s ready to return. Elliott will drive the No. 9 car this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.

“See y’all at Martinsville,” Chase Elliott tweeted Wednesday.

Most importantly, Chase Elliott has been granted a waiver from NASCAR to compete in the playoffs.

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Rick Hendrick comments

“We’re looking forward to having Chase back in his race car to pick up where he left off,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports.

“Since the injury, he’s worked extremely hard and focused all his time and energy on returning to the No. 9 team.”

Hendrick added, “Throughout the last six weeks, he’s stayed fully engaged with everything we’re doing, and we know he’s chomping at the bit to get on the racetrack and compete for wins.”

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Jeff Andrews comments

“Having such high-caliber drivers available was a huge benefit, especially under difficult circumstances,” said Jeff Andrews, president and general manager of Hendrick Motorsports.

Andrews added, “Josh and Jordan each brought a tremendous amount of professionalism to our team, and we’re truly grateful for their contributions. Their preparation and talent made a big difference. We can’t overstate it.”

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