Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/7/14
Team owner Rick Hendrick confirmed Sunday that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been cleared to race at Martinsville Speedway next weekend. Earnhardt was diagnosed with a concussion after a last-lap crash at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 7. The injury followed an earlier crash during testing at Kansas Speedway on Aug. 29, which NASCAR measured at 40 Gs of G-force. On Oct. 11, Earnhardt announced he was withdrawing from Sprint Cup competition for the next two weeks while he underwent the recovery process. "They have an ImPact test that they give him and there are certain stages -- I'm not sure, but Dr. (Jerry) Petty has cleared him to come back next week so everything is good," Hendrick said. Earnhardt was 11th in Sprint Cup points at the time of his announcement. Regan Smith has subbed for Earnhardt in his absence. Hendrick said Earnhardt was "anxious" to return to competition. "He came through with flying colors," Hendrick said. "Everything is great. He can't wait to get back in the ...
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