Chase Elliott injured his leg in a snowboarding accident in Colorado on Friday and will miss this weekend’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas.
Hendrick Motorsports said NASCAR’s most popular driver was scheduled to have surgery Friday evening. No additional details about Elliott’s condition or the accident were provided.
Josh Berry will drive the No. 9 Chevrolet on Sunday in place of Elliott.
“Chase’s health is our primary concern,” team owner Rick Hendrick said. “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.”
Hendrick said he hoped to provide an update on Elliott this weekend.
Elliott 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 most popular driver.
Elliott is a part of NASCAR’s shrinking group of true superstars and was signed to a developmental deal by Hendrick when he was 14 years old.
He blossomed into a bona fide elite racer and won the Cup title in 2020. The 27-year-old has 18 career Cup victories and has advanced into the championship finale the last three consecutive years.
The injury comes at a time when Hendrick dramatically shifted his stance on the extracurricular activities. He was a firm believer in that his drivers could not race in other series or partake in daredevil behavior for fear of injury.
But he did a complete U-turn after signing Kyle Larson for 2021. Larson runs at small tracks all over the country and persuaded Hendrick not to force him to quit.
That move opened the door for all four Hendrick drivers to start racing other events, and Elliott has taken the offer. But this accident happened during a physical activity, and it isn’t publicly known what Elliott can and can’t do under his Hendrick contract.
Elliott is a licensed pilot and because he’s never left his Dawsonville, Georgia, hometown he often helicopters himself to meetings at Hendrick’s North Carolina race shop.
Berry, meanwhile is 32, and normally drives for Hendrick affiliate JR Motorsports in the second-tier Xfinity Series. He is a five-time winner for JRM and has two previous Cup starts.