What Happened to Chase Elliott?

October 7, 2023

Chase Elliott is the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion and the sport’s Most Popular Driver for five consecutive years. He drives the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the NASCAR Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports. He also competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driving the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro for Spire Motorsports.

The 2020 defending Cup champion had a rough start to 2023, suffering a broken leg in a snowboarding accident in March that sidelined him for six races. Elliott returned to the track at Talladega in May, but he was involved in a 16 car crash that caused him to hit the wall and nearly flip over his vehicle. He finished the race with a DNF.

On Tuesday, Hendrick Motorsports announced that Elliott would miss Sunday’s Gateway 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway after the driver appeared to intentionally turn into Denny Hamlin in retaliation for earlier contact between the drivers. NASCAR cited that Elliott’s actions were “detrimental to stock car racing or NASCAR” and said they warranted a penalty.

Corey LaJoie will take Elliott’s place in the No. 9 at WGTR, with Hendrick Motorsports applying for a playoff waiver for the driver. Hendrick Motorsports says Elliott’s doctors feel he is healthy enough to return at some point, but the team won’t push for a race until his doctor feels comfortable that he can handle 400 laps without any issues.

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