Dale Jr. to Return at Martinsville


Dale Earnhardt Jr. will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Martinsville after being medically cleared for competition.

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 23, 2012) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Martinsville, Va., after being medically cleared for competition.

Since being diagnosed with a concussion following the Oct. 7 race at Talladega, Ala., Earnhardt has participated in a rehabilitation program directed by Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty. Throughout the process, Petty consulted with Dr. Micky Collins, director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

“Dale Jr. has done everything asked of him,” Petty said. “He hasn’t had a headache since Oct. 12, and we have not been able to provoke any symptoms since that time. I have informed NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports that he is medically cleared for all NASCAR-related activity.”

Earnhardt was evaluated by Collins on Oct. 16 in Pittsburgh. On Monday, Earnhardt ran 123 laps in a Sprint Cup car during a test session monitored by Petty at the half-mile Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga. Petty cleared the driver Tuesday morning following a final neuropsychological evaluation in Charlotte.

Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 Chevrolets for Hendrick Motorsports, missed the Oct. 13 Charlotte Motor Speedway and Oct. 21 Kansas Speedway events.

MEDIA NOTE: Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be available to members of the media on Friday, Oct. 26 at 11:10 a.m. ET in the Martinsville Speedway media center.



After Talladega 500

Talladega Superspeedway | 5/1/2016
1 Kevin Harvick3510
2 Kyle Busch342-9
3 Carl Edwards337-14
4 Jimmie Johnson329-22
5 Joey Logano316-35
6 Kurt Busch312-39
7 Brad Keselowski300-51
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr279-72
9 Martin Truex Jr274-77
10 Austin Dillon272-79