Dale Earnhardt Jr. Will Miss Next Two Sprint Cup Races With Concussion

Oct 7, 2012; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) drives back to the garage area after picking up teammate Jimmie Johnson (48) after a crash on the final lap during the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

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. Missing the next two races ends Earnhardt Jr.’s hopes of winning the 2012 NASCAR Chase for the Cup.

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.

Topics: Dale Earnhardt Jr

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