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NASCAR superstar Chase Elliott has had surgery on his left leg after being injured in a snowboarding accident earlier Friday in Colorado. He will miss this weekend’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas. Rick Hendrick tells The Associated Press the surgery was successful. He gave no additional details about Elliott's condition or the accident. The Georgia native is NASCAR’s five-time fan-voted most popular driver. Josh Berry will drive the No. 9 Chevrolet on Sunday in place of Elliott. Elliott is a second-generation driver and the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott. Chase Elliott would need a waiver from NASCAR to be eligible for this year’s playoffs because he’s missing a race. NASCAR has granted waivers to drivers for a variety of medical and non-medical reasons.
Hendrick Motorsports says Chase Elliott is out indefinitely after undergoing a successful three-hour surgery to repair a fractured tibia. General manager Jeff Andrews says there is no timeline on when the star NASCAR driver will return. Elliott injured his left leg Friday while snowboarding in Colorado. Josh Berry will drive the No. 9 Chevrolet in place of Elliott in Sunday’s Cup race in Las Vegas. Andrews said the process has begun to attain a waiver from NASCAR for Elliott to be eligible for this year’s playoffs.
Hendrick Motorsports says Chase Elliott will miss about six weeks with a broken left leg. The team will turn to Josh Berry and sports car racer Jordan Taylor to fill in for NASCAR’s most popular driver. Hendrick provided a timetable for Elliott’s recovery, said Berry will continue to drive the No. 9 Chevrolet on ovals and added Taylor will make his Cup Series debut on the road course at Circuit of the America’s in Texas later this month. Berry will be behind the wheel Sunday when NASCAR runs at Phoenix Raceway. Elliott fractured his tibia snowboarding in Colorado last week.