Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered a concussion in the multicar crash at Sunday's NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway and will miss the next two races, his team Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday.
At a news conference in Charlotte, Earnhardt said the concussion at Talladega actually was his second in the last two months, the first having occurred when he crashed during a test session at Kansas several weeks ago.
Neurological tests and an MRI exam taken after Talladega were normal, Earnhardt said, but he’s sitting out the next two races to avoid further injury. “I feel perfectly fine,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting this cleared up.”
The popular Sprint Cup Series driver was diagnosed Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., and will not compete at the race in Charlotte on Saturday or the following weekend at Kansas Speedway, Hendrick said.