Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 9/28/14

CONCORD, NC - JANUARY 20: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet looks on during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, held at Hendrick Motorsports, on January 20, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. did not feel right heading into this week. The driver could tell something was not right with his head. Earnhardt had suffered a concussion at the conclusion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega. Yesterday Earnhardt and team owner Rick Hendrick announced that the popular driver would not race at Charlotte or Kansas.Before I continue I should inform the reader that I am for the advancement of concussion testing. Further I believe that safety in any sport is the utmost importance.The move by Earnhardt raised awareness to fans of the sport that concussions are not exclusive to the National Football League. Instead when Earnhardt spoke he talked about how he got a concussion weeks ago at Kansas and opted not to tell anyone. At that time Earnhardt was working towards ensuring a place inside the top-ten for NASCAR’s Chase.Instead of Earnhardt driving the No. 88 car this weekend it will be Regan Smith behind the wheel.As the Chase has started Earnhardt has f...
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