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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 had symptoms of a concussion following an Aug. 29 tire test at Kansas Speedway.
He returns to his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet his weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Friday morning at Martinsville, Earnhardt Jr. said that he felt smarter, more prepared and that he understands the medical situation better than he ever has before. He has undergone a series of tests in his absence, including an on-track test at Gresham Motorsports Park on Monday, before being cleared by Dr. Jerry Petty on Tuesday.
While Earnhardt Jr. admits it was difficult for him to watch Regan Smith drive his car, he has concentrated on following his doctor's orders for the past couple of weeks.
"It's something I'd rather not have went through, but I've learned a lot from it," he said, adding, "I'm just excited to be back to work ... to get back to the life that I'm used to."
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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...
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...
It has been perhaps the worst kept secret in NASCAR for the last two weeks. Today JR Motorsports announced that it had signed Regan Smith to a contract which will place the driver in the No. 5 Chevrolet for the 2013 season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Since being removed from the seat of the No. 78 car at Furniture Row Racing, Smith had substituted for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the...
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...