Found October 13, 2012 on Fox Sports:
NASCAR has long been viewed as a Southern sport, one with roots that run deep in the North Carolina country surrounding the site of Saturday night's race, Charlotte Motor Speedway. But in this Bank of America 500, fans will witness something not seen in more than 50 years in the sport -- a race without a driver from North Carolina. Trivia fans, take note. So when was the last time this happened? With Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Mooresville, N.C.) sidelined with a concussion and Scott Riggs (Bahama, N.C.) failing to make the field, the green flag will wave on a field without a driver from North Carolina for the first time since May 27, 1961, at Ascot Stadium in Los Angeles.

Dale Jr. living a driver's nightmare

Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't want to climb out of the No. 88 car this weekend -- or any weekend. Finally, the pieces had come together. In his fifth season at Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt had blossomed under the direction of crew chief Steve Letarte. Earnhardt had led the point standings for the first time in eight years. After a four-season drought, he returned to Victory Lane...

Show goes on at Charlotte without Earnhardt Jr.

(Eds: Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer Dale Earnhardt Jr. grew up one town away from Charlotte Motor Speedway, running wild with his friends through the infield as his daddy thrilled the hometown crowd. He became NASCAR's most popular driver, the only North Carolina native who drives full-time in a series whose origins lie in part in the...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. comments on his concussion situation

Dale Earnhardt Jr. met the media todayDale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two races in the Sprint Cup Series, this weekend at Charlotte and next weekend at Kansas, as he recuperates from a concussion suffered during the wreck on the final lap at Talladega next weekend. Below are some of his comments from is presser today as he met the media, where he announced that Regan Smith...

Eury looking to return to racing

Tony Eury returned to the track Thursday for the first time since he was dismissed by JR Motorsports last month. While the former competition director is enjoying time on the links and a little fishing, at 58 he's far from ready to retire. "I'm just over here seeing all my friends," Eury said. "I haven't seen them since - Sept. 4, I guess. I thought since...

Dale Jr. offers painful reminder

The death of Dale Earnhardt Sr. led to sweeping changes that made NASCAR a safer sport through mandatory neck restraints, impact-absorbing SAFER barriers at tracks and a redesigned stock car. More than 11 years after the elder Earnhardt was killed at Daytona International Speedway, his son may help make the sport even safer by the mere fact he decided to take himself out of his...

Gordon would've masked concussion

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was praised by his competitors for having the guts to seek medical attention that led to him being sidelined Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But, at least one driver wasn't sure he'd do the same with a championship on the line. ''Honestly, I hate to say this, but no, I wouldn't,'' four-time champion Jeff Gordon said. &...

Regan Smith loses engine filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr

Dale Earnhardt Jr announced earlier this week that he would not be driving the No. 88 Mountain Dew Chevrolet at Charlotte or Kansas. It was announced that Regan Smith would be filling in for Earnhardt for those two races.Smith qualified 24th in his debut for Hendrick Motorsports. By lap 25 he had moved up to 15th position passing the No. 78 car he had driven up until a week ago....

Jimmie Johnson Charlotte Media Transcript

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 MyLowe’s Chevrolet, met with media and discussed a few of the Chase drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his concussion issue, his own experience with concussions, his relationship with crew chief, Chad Knaus, and more. WE’RE 30 RACES INTO THE SEASON. DURING THE FIRST 15 RACES, YOU’VE FINISHED AHEAD OF THE NO. 2 (KESELOWSKI) TEN TIMES. IN THE LAST...

Allmendinger to drive for Phoenix again at Kansas

AJ Allmendinger will get another start with Phoenix Racing this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Phoenix general manager Steve Barkdoll said Monday the team was pleased with Allmendinger's performance at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He finished 24th in Saturday night's race in his first start since failing a random drug test in July. Phoenix had planned to use Regan Smith, but...

RotoWire NASCAR Barometer Kansas

The news of the weekend was the absence of one of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship contenders. Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered his second concussion in short succession two weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway, missing last week's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and this week's run at Kansas Speedway. Regan Smith filled in for Earnhardt, which was one shop away...

Dale Earnhardt Jr out 2 races after 2 concussions in 6 weeks

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced Thursday that he will not be racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night or at Kansas Speedway next weekend after being diagnosed with a concussion.Earnhardt said he suffered a concussion on Aug. 29 during a tire test at Kansas that wasn't diagnosed until Wednesday.   "The wreck at Kansas was really severe and it surprised me how...
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