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Chase Elliott Explains His Highway to Restoration and Return to Victory Lane


It had been a protracted six weeks of sitting on the sofa beneath the air conditioner for Chase Elliott earlier than his return to the NOCO 400 at Martinsville Speedway in mid-April. The NASCAR Cup Collection hottest driver sustained a damaged left leg throughout a snowboarding accident in early March and had simply been methodically constructing himself again as much as a return.

Many anticipated Elliott to have a troublesome time on the course with the breaking the course requires and the stress that may place on the repaired leg. However he confirmed no rust, ending tenth after beginning the race within the twenty fourth place. He adopted that up with a 14th place end on the GEICO 500 this previous weekend in Talladega. They’ve been nice momentum builders because the Hendrick Motorsports driver appears to proceed bettering heading into the summer time months.

Whereas he nonetheless has some work left to do in growing the energy and vary of movement within the leg, Elliott is grateful to be again competing. Lately being added to NASCAR’s 75 Best Drivers record, he shared his ideas for getting again on the monitor with M&F.

Chase Elliott racing in a NASCAR race
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Pictures

1. Focus On What You Can Management

I’m a reasonably life like individual. I knew I used to be harm earlier than I even bought the X-rays. I had a reasonably good feeling I wasn’t racing that weekend. I had by no means harm myself or needed to have surgical procedure in my life. It was uncharted territory for me however the best way I checked out it was that I couldn’t do something about it as soon as it occurred and when you get the fact of what the damage is, how lengthy surgical procedure goes to be, and what the restoration goes to seem like, I simply actually began listening to the docs and placing in as a lot effort and work in on my finish to verify I stayed on schedule. I feel I’m in all probability a couple of weeks out of being fully cellular and again to regular because it pertains to flexibility and athletic motion — actually getting round and constructing energy again in my leg and knee. It’s in a very good place and I’ve been pleased with that. I’m simply working by means of it.

My precedence was getting again within the automobile and simply getting again to work from that standpoint. It was additionally about getting in place from a mobility and a bone-healing standpoint. I can’t actually do a lot about that half, however I can actually work arduous at constructing a few of that muscle again that was dormant for a month or so. However my most important precedence was getting again within the automobile and with the ability to carry out as I really feel l usually would. I used to be in a position to get again within the automobile [in Martinsville] and that was nice. I feel I’ve extra energy to construct again, and my mobility and vary of movement are going to proceed to be labored on.

2. Placing the Leg To The Check

I’d say most common vehicles that individuals drive and use the throttle and the break with their proper foot whereas the left foot doesn’t do an entire lot. For me, driving within the race automobile, I brake with my left foot and I’m utilizing that foot for the break and the clutch. Granted, we don’t use the clutch very a lot — primarily simply to brake — however there’s a variety of brake stress like in Martinsville. I knew again when the damage occurred, how the schedule lined up, I’d return someplace round Martinsville or Talladega and the physician wasn’t going to let me go till then. I went to the simulator and simply tried to place myself in these conditions of placing stress on the brakes and going it constantly, repeating lap occasions, and repeating that for a protracted time period. All these issues factored into getting the go-ahead to run final weekend.

3. Bracing for the Summer season

Whereas leg energy is necessary, extra necessary, is the setting you race in. From a warmth standpoint, it’s very heat within the automobile and your coronary heart fee could be very excessive particularly in the event you’re in a compromised place otherwise you’re pushing very arduous. You continue to don’t have a variety of bodily motion and that’s often one thing you don’t see in a variety of sports activities or if you’re within the health club. In case your coronary heart fee is up, you often have a variety of movement, so it’s a singular factor for us. Being comfy in these environments once more was huge as a result of it’s arduous to coach for that, particularly if you’ve been sitting on the sofa for weeks within the AC. It was good to get again within the swing go issues and get hit within the face. I feel getting again used to that’s big as we get into the summer time months.

4. Nonetheless Some Work Left To Do

The bodily remedy facet has been constant since I’ve gotten harm. With my damage, the quad has a very arduous time firing. Throughout the first couple of weeks, I misplaced a variety of muscle mass within the quad as a result of I couldn’t flex it. It’s been a variety of quad-strengthening exercises, a variety of leg raises, and knee extensions. The second half is getting the mobility and the vary of movement again within the knee — on the bending facet and the straightening facet has been arduous for me. Usually, on a wholesome leg, your knee extends previous zero. You straighten it out and it will get all the best way to zero and also you get on the unfavourable facet if you’re standing together with your knees locked.

Getting that extension again was an enormous piece of the puzzle and I’m nonetheless engaged on getting that full vary again and conserving it free. Quad energy and vary of movement have been the 2 key factors of focus since I’ve gotten out of surgical procedure and that appears to get higher week by week. There have been huge steps being made by means of weeks 4, 5, and 6 mark. Now, we’re attending to these finer particulars on the backend, simply making an attempt to get that final little bit. Now that I’m at a spot the place I can drive once more, I can maintain engaged on the opposite issues as we go alongside to try to get again to 100% from an athletic standpoint.

5. A Little Help Goes A Lengthy Approach

The followers have been extraordinarily supportive of me by means of this era and I’m grateful for his or her assist as we proceed to work by means of it. With my friends and different drivers reaching out, providing their assist, and catching up was actually cool as a result of they don’t have to do this. I assumed that claims rather a lot concerning the setting we race in and that my opponents have sufficient respect to say one thing has been very significant. To my crew on the No. 9 group to my teammates at Hendrick Motorsports on the store and the monitor, it’s been a variety of nice assist, and persons are genuinely glad to have me again. It actually meant rather a lot.

You’ll be able to tune in to FS1 at 2 p.m. ET this Sunday, Apr. 30 to see Chase compete on the NASCAR Cup Collection “Würth 400” from Dover Motor Speedway.

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