After suffering a concussion in the massive end-of-race 25-car pileup at Talladega last weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two races, and perhaps the rest of the NASCAR season. That crash marked Earnhardt's second concussion of the season; the first happened after a failed tire test in Kansas on August 29.

Earnhardt, who currently holds the 11th spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup, admits that he didn't report symptoms suffered after the first incident for fear that he would be removed from the championship hunt.

Said Earnhardt, "I remember everything about that accident, everything after that accident. But I knew I didn't feel ... you know your body and how your mind works. I knew something was just not quite right. I decided to push through and work through it." The driver said he was feeling "100 percent" before the race at Talladega.

The two-race setback, which will almost certainly eliminate him from championship contention, comes as a real blow to Earnhardt, who was having a bit of a comeback season. The driver broke a considerable 143-race winless streak this season. Sitting out the next two races will also snap a streak of 461 consecutive Sprint Cup starts for the No. 88 Mountain Dew Chevrolet driver.

Scroll down to watch a bit of analysis about Earnhardt's crash, concussion and prospects.



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      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      False it is due to a tire testing accident at kansas
      ImpulseGTO
      • 2 Years Ago
      He got the concussion from a testing session a few weeks ago. It just happend that he got reinjured during that crash on Sunday. It's got nothing to do with his comments after the race.
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some people have suggested this is a roundabout guise where NASCAR is suspending him from making comments after Talladega. What if it's the opposite? NASCAR needs Jr. more than the other way around. I believe he is sending them a message, not the other way around. It was his personal (but vetted) doctor's diagnosis. Watch ESPN's montage of those guys' in-car cameras in the melee at the end of the race and tell me you would choose to do that four times a year.
      dinobot666
      • 2 Years Ago
      He doesn't have a concussion. The most popular driver in NASCAR spoke out against their lousy racertainment series after the fiasco at Talladega and this is how they're punishing him for it.
        ImpulseGTO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dinobot666
        Your wrong. He's not being punished by anybody.
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dinobot666
        Absolutely. He spoke out against the pathetic joke that is restrictor plate racing, and was punished for it. I just read some of his comments posted yesterday at The Autoextremist: "I'll let some of the drivers comment, courtesy of the AP. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who has won five times at Talladega, had this to say afterward. 'If this was what we did every week, I wouldn't be doing it,' Earnhardt Jr. said. 'I'll just put it to you that way. If this was how we raced every week, I'd find another job. That's what the package is doing. It's really not racing. It's a little disappointing. It cost a lot of money right there. If this is how we're going to continue to race and nothing is going to change, how about NASCAR build the cars? It'll save us a lot of money.'" Also: ''It's not safe. It's not. It's bloodthirsty. If that's what people want, that's ridiculous.'' Restrictor plate racing is going to get somebody killed, and the blood will be on Brian France's hands. Flat-out idiotic.
          dukeisduke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
          Also, Jeff Gordon's comments: ''That was the craziest, craziest finish I've ever experienced at Talladega,'' Gordon said. ''It was just insane. I remember when coming to Talladega was fun, and I haven't experienced that in a long time. That was bumper-cars at 200 mph. I don't know anybody who likes that.''
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate to see any driver hurt and the fact that Dale Jr. wll be sidelined is unfortunate. This decision, in essance, is an acknowlegement that the season for Dale is over, as he has no chance to win the NASCAR championship. Fact is, with all the best equipment and support, Junior is and will never be a championship driver. He does have talent, but not enough to put him or keep himself at the top. It's hard for anyone to follow in the footsteps of a geat parent, and Dale has done so with dignity and courage, but as Kyle Petty discovered, ledgends are hard acts to follow. I'm glad Dale Jr.did the smart thing for himself.
      RUNRUNRUN@ilikeelectronics.com
      Dale Jr. - I hope for your swift recovery. Now, on a lighter note... are you related to "Rowdy Burns"?
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      He was not punished for anything. The fact is NASCAR needs an Earnhardt more than an Earnhardt needs NASCAR. The fact is he is one of the last of the original southern families to still be driving, NASCAR's largest market is still the south east and they need him to sell tickets and to get ratings. That is why his father never got suspended of silenced by NASCAR. He did not say much more than what alot of other driver also said. It is a matter of time till they hurt someone or put a car into the stands with this pack racing. The fact is the trucks put on a better show at these tracks than the cars. Either they should dirty up the cars to the point the drivers need to drive them or park the cars and put them in a truck for 4 races a year. This thing of just holding it to the floor and drafting in a pack may make for good TV for the last 25 laps but it makes for a great expense for the owners and a great risk for the drivers. We had great racing in the 70's and 80's at these tracks and the reason was we had little in the way of aero dynamics. Time we get back to doing this again. In fact I would like to see the down force removed from many cars in most series. Let make this about what it used to be the best driver and not the best wind tunnel. It was good enough for Foyt, Gurney and Andretti then why not for Gordon, Vettle or anyone in Indy if anyone can remember a name. In fact NHRA could use it too and go back to a 1/4 mile. Garlits had some good ideas in the August Hot Rod Issue on this.
      wooootles
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope drivers Boycott Daytona 500 (plate race)... it's absolutely ridiculous to have this kind of 'racing.'
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