NASCAR star Chase Elliott will return to the driver’s seat on Sunday as the Cup Series heads to Martinsville Speedway for the 12th race of the year.

Elliott lost time after suffering a broken leg in a snowboarding accident in Colorado in March.

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Chase Elliott greets fans before the NASCAR Daytona 500 on February 19, 2023 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

«We look forward to having Chase back in his race car to pick up where he left off,» said Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick. «Since the injury, he’s worked extremely hard and has focused all of his time and energy on getting back to the No. 9 team. Over the last six weeks, he’s remained fully committed to everything we’re doing, and we know he’s looking forward to it.» to get on the track and compete for victories».

The 2020 Cup Series champion completed part of his rehab in Colorado before returning to Dawsonville, Georgia, to complete his physical therapy in late March.

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Chase Elliott and Jeff Gordon, vice president of Hendrick Motorsports, speak on the grid before the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway on November 6, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona.

Chase Elliott and Jeff Gordon, vice president of Hendrick Motorsports, speak on the grid before the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway on November 6, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

He tested this week at the Chevrolet Driver-in-the-Loop simulator in Concord, North Carolina, before making the final decision to return to the Virginia race track.

Josh Berry has replaced Elliott in five of the last six Cup Series races. He finished in second place at Richmond. Jordan Taylor drove the No. 9 at the Circuit of the Americas and finished in 24th place.

Chase Elliott at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 19, 2023, in Florida.

Chase Elliott at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 19, 2023, in Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

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Qualifying begins on Saturday and the NOCO 400 will kick off at 3pm ET on Sunday on FS1.

Associated Press contributed to this report.