Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/4/14
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 ...

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