Chase Elliott shared a video to his X account on Friday, where he revealed that he underwent a successful offseason shoulder surgery to address a lingering old injury.
Elliott was upbeat in the video, even joked about his 2023 in-season injury, and explained that he's ready to go for the 2024 season.
"Just wanted to give you a quick update. I had a little procedure on my shoulder," Elliott said in the video. "I had an old injury that I needed to get tended to. Obviously, the offseason is a much better time to do that than my last surgery. So, here we are, everything is all good and ready to go for 2024. Certainly looking forward to the Daytona 500 in February."
Elliott, 27, has won the Most Popular Driver Award in the NASCAR Cup Series in each of the last five seasons, and he's a solid bet to be named MPD again in 2023 despite missing out on the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the first time in his young career.
The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion missed a total of seven races during the 2023 campaign, six for injury and an additional event due to a suspension.
Elliott suffered a broken leg in a snowboarding accident in the days after the race at Auto Club Speedway, the second NASCAR Cup Series event of the season.
After having surgery to correct the broken leg, Elliott missed six races but scored a top-10 finish in his first race back from injury at Martinsville Speedway.
Elliott would serve a one-race suspension after intentionally crashing Denny Hamlin in the Coca-Cola 600, but even with the seven missed races, Elliott would keep himself within striking distance of pointing his way into the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Ultimately, Elliott would fall short after a 32nd-place finish at Watkins Glen, and a near-miss of a win at Daytona International Speedway.
Elliott will look for a strong bounceback in 2024.
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