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November 17, 2023

Chase Elliott has shoulder procedure; will be ready to go for 2024

Chase Elliott greets fans.
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Chase Elliott posted a “little life update” to social media Friday, indicating that he underwent a procedure for a shoulder injury and that he planned to have a clean bill of health for the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Elliott, driver of Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 9 Chevrolet, posted a short video to the X (formerly Twitter) platform, saying that he had “an old injury that I needed to get tended to, and obviously, the offseason is a much better time to do that than my last surgery” — a reference to the leg injury that sidelined him for six races early last season. In the video, Elliott’s right arm is supported in a sling, but he indicated that he was “all good, ready to go” for the 2024 campaign.

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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.”

The 2024 season opens first with the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum exhibition in Los Angeles on Feb. 4, then with its points-paying opener on Feb. 18 — the 66th running of the Daytona 500.

Elliott ended up 17th in the Cup Series standings last season, tops among drivers who did not qualify for the postseason.