Amid Snowboarding Fiasco, Chase Elliott Had Another Injury That He Hid While Fighting for Rick Hendrick’s Owners Championship

Published 11/17/2023, 12:38 PM EST

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The 2023 Cup Series season was utterly disappointing for the golden boy of NASCAR. Chase Elliott, for the first time in his career, was unable to qualify for the playoffs and was sidelined from championship contention. Speaking of being sidelined, he updated the NASCAR community about another medical procedure that he has undergone recently.

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Apart from the losing momentum and the on-track conundrums that had led to the downfall of the performance of the Hendrick Motorsports star driver, the underlying reason behind his dismal year had been his broken tibia. However, it seems that was not the only injury Elliott had sustained.

Chase Elliott updates his fans on recent surgical procedure

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The No. 9 Chevrolet driver had undergone a three-hour surgery after being involved in a snowboarding accident, which led to a broken tibia. However, it seems that the injury to his leg was not the only physical damage that he had sustained, even though he continued racing.

In a Twitter update, Chase Elliott informed about another surgery that he had undergone in the off-season. He stated, “Just wanted to give you a quick update, I had a little procedure on my shoulder. Had an old injury that I needed to get tended to.

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“Obviously, the off-season is a much better time to do that than my last surgery. So here we are and everything is all good and ready to go for 2024. Started to look forward to the Daytona 500 coming up in February.”

Hendrick Motorsports provided a statement Friday, saying that Elliott “underwent successful outpatient surgery to correct a torn labrum. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion, who has experienced chronic shoulder pain in recent years, learned of the tear Monday following an MRI. It will not affect Elliott’s status for the 2024 NASCAR season, which begins in February.”

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Injury concerns also marred Elliott’s chase for the owner’s championship.

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The snowboarding incident led the driver to be sidelined from the series for six weeks. As a result, JR Motorsports’ prized pupil Josh Berry and Spire Motorsports driver Corey LaJoie filled in the seats of the coveted #9 Chevrolet car. The substitute drivers, especially Berry, were able to propel the car to a respectable position. Moreover, Elliott was given a playoff waiver due to his injury.

Owing to this, the driver was able to contend for the owner’s championship and redeem himself. Although there was light at the end of the tunnel for Elliott, as he qualified for the Round of 8, the 2020 Cup Series champion eventually succumbed to his poor performance.

Speaking on his disappointing season as per NASCAR.com, Elliott expressed, “You’re always wanting to be better. I think we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and the things that I need to do better. For me, I’ve learned a lot about myself and just areas that I want to improve in, and trying to tackle a lot of that this weekend, you know, and get a good head start on things we want to improve upon for next year. Lots of lessons and a lot about the car and what I want to feel and what I think I need to feel in the vehicle each week.”

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With that being said, it is to be seen what lies ahead for Chase Elliott in the 2024 season. Will he be able to turn the tides of his form or will his fate come crashing down?

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