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Don’t read anything into the new helmet Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be wearing at Martinsville Speedway this weekend.
He was considering a change before suffering the concussions that sidelined him for two races. The bottom line is that Earnhardt is just happy to be back, after going stir crazy during his enforced absence from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.
“It’s been just a lot of time off — a lot of time on my hands,” Earnhardt said Friday before the opening Cup practice at Martinsville.
After running approximately 125 laps at Gresham Motorsports Park on Monday and meeting with neurologist Dr. Jerry Petty on Tuesday, Earnhardt was cleared to race, none too soon, as far as NASCAR’s most popular driver was concerned.
Asked whether he considered sitting out the rest of the season, Earnhardt demurred.
“I felt like I could have raced (last Sunday) at Kansas, for sure, and probably ran at Charlotte (Oct. 13) with no problem. I feel foolish. You know, I feel kind of foolish sitting at...
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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...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had to sit out two weeks of NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing due to a concussion he suffered in practice at Kansas Speedway and aggravated in a crash at Talladega. The week before the race at Martinsville Speedway, Dale Jr. was cleared by his doctor to get back behind the wheel and finish [...]
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. 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...
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...
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The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Regan Smith has signed with JR Motorsports to drive the No. 5 car during the 2013 season.
Smith has signed a full-time contract with JR Motorsports, which would allow him to drive the entire 2013 NASCAR Nationwide season.
He has signed with JR Motorsports after being a free agent for a month. He was...
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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...
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...