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Earnhardt Jr. to miss next two races with concussion

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08:55 AM ET 10.11 | NASCAR will be without one of their biggest superstars for the next two Sprint Cup Series events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. It was announced today that the very popular Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be held out of the races. Earnhardt Jr. was diagnosed with a concussion following the October 7th race at Talladega Superspeedway. Earnhardt Jr. was involved in a massive crash on the final lap of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500. He was diagnosed with the concussion in Charlotte on Wednesday. With Earnhardt Jr. out of commission for the next two weeks, 29-year-old Regan Smith will be the team's substitute drive and will be behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolets for Hendrick Motorsports.

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October 11, 2012  09:40 AM ET

Hate to hear it.....but hope he has a quick recovery.

October 11, 2012  09:48 AM ET

No guarantees on concussions.

October 11, 2012  10:24 AM ET

He was acting funny after the race.

October 11, 2012  10:48 AM ET

Wow a new story, pertinent to the race this weekend, and breaking news! (or at least as it can be) Sorry to see him out for the next 2 weeks, but you have to take care of yourself especially with head injuries.

October 11, 2012  10:59 AM ET

He was pretty well out of contention for the championship anyways.......might as well sit back and get healthy.

October 11, 2012  12:11 PM ET

I really really hate getting hit in the head, take some time off and get some fresh air Dale, go fishing!

October 11, 2012  12:38 PM ET

Closed head injuries are very dangerous and sometimes the most difficult to diagnois -- the NFL and NHL have set the mark pretty high as to what the course of action should be in these cases ...

Good Luck Jr and come back healthy!!

October 11, 2012  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He was pretty well out of contention for the championship anyways.......might as well sit back and get healthy.

agree. He was def out of it and he knew it. Better to be safe than sorry.

October 11, 2012  01:22 PM ET

wwwoooooooooooowwwwwwwwww

October 11, 2012  01:31 PM ET

Pretty surprised that a concussion could occur these days in that cocoon.

October 11, 2012  01:54 PM ET

Even though the cars are much safer now, the drivers can still get banged around......and Jr already had a concussion from Kansas, so even the slightest bump could make it worse.

He is doing the right thing....he can still come back and get into the 9th or 10th spot.......maybe.....wish him nothing but luck and recovery.

October 11, 2012  02:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Pretty surprised that a concussion could occur these days in that cocoon.

go watch the 88's in car video from the wreck at talladega and see if you're still surprised..

October 11, 2012  02:48 PM ET

Saw 88's press conference instead.. started 5 weeks ago during tire test at Kansas. As I heard, all medical test were "negative", but he doesn't feel right. Sure we'll hear hours of it on Speed TV.

October 11, 2012  02:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Pretty surprised that a concussion could occur these days in that cocoon.

Actually it's more surprising to me it doesn't happen more, from what we are told. How many other driver are out there driving concussed and don't even know it.

October 11, 2012  04:03 PM ET
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Saw 88's press conference instead.. started 5 weeks ago during tire test at Kansas. As I heard, all medical test were "negative", but he doesn't feel right. Sure we'll hear hours of it on Speed TV.

Yep - ad nauseam...

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