Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/20/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2009 in Avondale, AZ. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he passed a big test by racing in the Daytona 500 after a hard crash during the Nationwide Series race the day before. Earnhardt missed the final two races in 2012 after suffering post-concussion symptoms and had his health tested during a last-lap crash in the Daytona Nationwide race last Saturday. The crash occurred when leader Regan Smith attempted to block Brad Keselowski before the checkered flag, setting off a chain reaction that sent rookie Kyle Larson's car into the fence and injuring more than two dozen fans. Earnhardt got caught up in the melee and hit hard, but said he came away with no symptoms. He used a last-lap charge to finish second in the Daytona 500 the next day.
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