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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 in initial practice, posting the second-fastest time. But even at less than two-tenths of a second slower than polesitter Jimmie Johnson, he’ll start 20th in the race itself, alongside Kurt Busch. Regan Smith, who replaced Earnhardt Jr. the past two weeks, will see a 105-race start streak come to an end on Sunday, but he’ll run the final two races for Phoenix Racing and join JR Motorsports for a full Nationwide Series slate in 2013 as a reward for his efforts.
Up front, Johnson and Brian Vickers will share the first row when the field comes to the green. Johnson knows this race is his best opportunity to ...
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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...
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. 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...
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...
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...
Honestly, everything kind of unfolded Sunday afternoon to some degree the way it was anticipated at Martinsville Speedway.
We talked about it a lot pre-Martinsville. We knew we would have a fair amount of cautions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race; we had 11 cautions for 64 laps. At the same time, we cycled through one set of green-flag pit stops, so all that was pretty much in line...
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...