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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Return Still Unknown After Latest Update


Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been sidelined for the past 3 races due to concussion like symptoms. But, his return could be held back even longer.

In an update posted on his Twitter Saturday, Dale Earnhardt Jr noted his symptoms have changed very little in condition.

Earnhardt Jr. spoke on his “The Dale Jr. Download” podcast this past Monday that he won’t rush his return. The series goes to the road course at Watkins Glen next week before a week off, followed by races at Bristol, Michigan, Darlington and Richmond.

“There are certain things that you can race through, but one of the things that you cannot race through is concussion-like symptoms,” Earnhardt said. “The balance deal is a critical part of being able to drive a race car.

Dale has also pinpointed that wrecks on June 12 at Michigan and July 2 at Daytona possibly produced the concussion-type symptoms. Doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program are overseeing Earnhardt’s treatment.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has previously missed two races in 2012 because of two concussions in a six-week period. So, the learning experience from his past has aided the amount of recovery time he needs on his own terms alone.