Hendrick Motorsports announced this afternoon that Chase Elliott will be returning to the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend at Martinsville Speedway after missing six races due to a fractured tibia.
According to the release, Elliott was initially medically cleared on Tuesday, April 11, before testing in Chevrolet’s in-the-loop simulator the past two days.
After going through the simulations, Elliott elected to return to the next race on the NASCAR schedule — the NOCO 400 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, April 16.
Similar to Kyle Busch’s injury scenario in 2015, Elliott was given a waiver by NASCAR to remain eligible for the playoffs.
During Elliott’s absence, Josh Berry manned the wheel of the No. 9 car for five races while Jordan Taylor drove the car once.