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Chase Elliott to miss Las Vegas race

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Chase Elliott will not compete this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway due to a leg injury, Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday night.

Josh Berry will drive the No. 9 car this weekend.

Elliott suffered an injury to his left leg while snowboarding Friday in Colorado, the team stated. He was scheduled to undergo surgery Friday night. The team did not state the exact nature of Elliott’s injury or his status beyond this weekend. Elliott finished second last weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

Hendrick Motorsports has scheduled a press conference for 12 p.m. ET Saturday at the track.

Elliott’s streak of consecutive Cup starts ends at 254 races.

“Chase’s health is our primary concern,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports in a statement from the team. “He’s spoken with several members of our team and is understandably disappointed to miss time in the car. Of course, he has our full support, and we’ll provide any resources he needs. We hope to share another update later this weekend.”

Berry, who drives for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, will be making his third career Cup start. He ran two races for Spire Motorsports in 2021.