Found October 13, 2012 on On Pit Road:
The NASCAR world was faced with stunning news early Thursday morning involving the sport’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. During the last-lap crash in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, Earnhardt Jr. suffered a concussion after his No.88 Chevrolet sustained a hit registering at 20-G’s. But that wasn’t the first time in 2012 that Earnhardt Jr. had suffered from a concussion. On August 29th during a Goodyear tire test at Kansas Speedway, Earnhardt Jr. blew a right-front tire and crashed into the turn one wall at a high rate of speed. Despite knowing he was hurt, Earnhardt Jr. kept the racer’s mentality in his mind, do whatever it takes to win. As the race to the Chase picked up, it was a sure thing that he was going to be one of the 12 drivers that would compete for the championship. His health, however, wasn’t necessarily a sure thing. “I felt pretty good after a week or two and definitely 80, 90 percent by the time the Chase started,” said Earnhardt Jr. Th...
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