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Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he hates the attention his concussions and nearly three-week departure from NASCAR caused, but he ''learned a ton'' and is glad he took the steps he did to make sure he is OK to race.
NASCAR's most popular driver is returning to the track at Martinsville Speedway this weekend.
He missed races at Charlotte and Kansas after a crash at Talladega, Ala., on Oct. 7. A trip to the doctor revealed the concussions that Earnhardt says left his head fuzzy and mind swimming with anxiety.
He says he was ''really mentally a mess'' until he went to see a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh and spent about 12 hours talking and doing testing.
He says he's fine now and felt ''foolish'' watching races while feeling normal.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has spent the last two weeks following his doctor's orders and allowing himself to heal from his recent concussion.
Now, he's ready to get back to racing.
Earnhardt Jr. announced Oct. 11 that he would miss two weeks of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing after being diagnosed with a concussion following a crash in the Oct. 7 race at Talladega Superspeedway. He also...
No one was as thrilled to be back in a race car more than Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Friday.
However, following Earnhardt Jr.'s recent bout with concussions, it's understandable that those closest to him were quite concerned.
Certainly Kelley Earnhardt-Miller was relieved when her brother was cleared. Given the sibling's relationship, she couldn't hold back her elation...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway after being medically cleared for competition. Since being diagnosed with a concussion following the Oct. 7 race at Talladega, Ala., Earnhardt has participated in a rehabilitation program directed by Charlotte (N.C.) neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty. On Monday, Earnhardt logged more...
JR Motorsports announced Wednesday that Regan Smith will drive the team's No. 5 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry full time in 2013.
Smith will make his debut this season when the team fields three entries for the Nov. 17 season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Smith will join teammates Cole Whitt and Danica Patrick in that race.
"This is an extremely good opportunity...
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Martinsville Speedway marks the seventh stop of 10 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, as it hosts Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500, the final short track race of the year. All eyes will be on Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will make his return to the series after missing two weeks with concussion symptoms.
Earnhardt Jr. came out of the gate strong...
Regan Smith will race for the Nationwide Series championship next season driving for JR Motorsports.
Smith will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet, and will make his debut next month in the season finale at Homestead.
JRM didn't announce a sponsor Wednesday for Smith. The team would like to run two cars in 2013, but only has Smith's entry cemented.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled...
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – JR Motorsports announced today it has reached an agreement with Regan Smith to drive the team’s No. 5 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry full time in 2013. General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said Smith will make his JRM debut this year, as the company will field three teams for the Nov. 17 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Smith will join teammates Cole...
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, met with members of the media and discussed his success at Martinsville, earning points during the Chase, the stress among championship contenders, his teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. returning to race after two weeks on the sidelines, and more.
TALK ABOUT COMING TO MARTINSVILLE “You drive in here and you still get a sense of a...