For the first time in almost thirty years, an Earnhardt will not be in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
News broke early this morning that Dale Earnhardt Jr. would not be racing the next two stops on the schedule -Charlotte and Kansas- after receiving a hard hit in The Big One on the last lap on Sunday. He has been diagnosed with a concussion, and he will be taking the two weeks to rest.
The concussion was originally sustained during a testing session at Kansas Speedway. In that August test, Earnhardt Jr. wrecked hard, with the force of 40Gs. Junior stated he didn’t think anything of it. However, after the crash at Talladega, he experienced a severe headache. Combined with the harsh, negative comments he told reporters afterwards, you could sense something wasn’t right.
The wreck on Sunday had a force of 20Gs, which is what alarmed Dale Jr. of an issue, claiming the wreck shouldn’t have caused a head injury.
As it stands, Regan Smith will be in the #88 the next two weeks. To fill Regan’s ride in the #51? AJ Allmendinger.
The effects of his small vacation have already been seen at the track. According to reports, campers have begun to pack up and leave due to the fact that NASCAR’s most popular driver won’t be racing Saturday night.
This has been one of the most shocking things that has happened this season, and I truly hope he will be okay to race soon.