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Dale Earnhardt Jr. returned to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition last weekend at Martinsville following a two-race absence after sustaining two concussions in recent months. Concussions sustained during testing at Kansas Speedway on Aug. 29 and during an accident at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 7 prompted Earnhardt Jr. to step out of the cockpit.
Earnhardt Jr. has grown from his experience, but is ready to shift his focus back to racing.
"I want to run hard, and I want us to go into every weekend trying to do what we've been doing all year long," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I'm glad I did what I did. I'm glad I took the time off and made the choices that I made. They were hard to make, but I had to do it."
With Earnhardt Jr.'s attention back on racing, he is confident about moving forward at a track like Texas Motor Speedway where he has had a great deal of success. Earnhardt Jr. earned his first career Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series vic...
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As I sit at my in-laws this weekend, I definitely wish that I was about 45 minute’s north in Martinsville. Well at least I can participate in fantasy racing from the comfort of their couch. The race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup continues this weekend and we get closer to crowning a champion. Being from the south, right in the middle of NASCAR land, I am a huge Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan...
With three races remaining in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ranks 12th in the driver standings on the strength of one win, one pole position, 10 top-five finishes and 18 top-10s.
POLE POSITION: Earnhardt’s two pole positions at Texas are tied for first as career-bests for the 38-year-old driver. Earnhardt earned the top starting spot at the Lone Star State...
Martin Truex, Jr. led the way with a lap of 28.310 seconds in the first practice for the AAA Texas 500 from Texas. Rounding out the top five was Mark Martin, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Tony Stewart. Jimmie Johnson, currently leading the points, posted the 27th best time. Ken Schrader had the slowest lap at 29.977 seconds, or 1.667 seconds off of Truex’s time.