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Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Miss New Hampshire With Concussion Like Symptoms


Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not compete in the July 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

The driver of the Number 88. Nationwide Insurance Chevy was evaluated this week after feeling adverse health effects last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

“I wasn’t feeling great the week going into Kentucky (Speedway) and thought it was possibly severe allergies,” Earnhardt said. “I saw a family doctor and was given medication for allergies and a sinus infection. When that didn’t help, I decided to dig a little deeper.”

What he thought was allergies was something more serious after getting a second opinion this week

“Because of my symptoms and my history with concussions, and after my recent wrecks at Michigan and Daytona, I reached out and met with a neurological specialist. After further evaluation, they felt it was best for me to sit out.” Dale said. “I’m disappointed about missing New Hampshire this weekend. I’m looking forward to treatment with the goal of getting back in the race car when the doctors say I’m ready.”

A timetable for Earnhardt’s return has not been established, but NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Alex Bowman will replace Dale in the 88 this weekend at New Hampshire. Hendrick Motorsports will provide an update next week on Dale’s condition before the Indianapolis Motor Speedway race weekend.

This is not the first time Dale Earnhardt Jr. has battled with concussion like symptoms. Earnhardt Jr. had to sit out the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte and the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas due to a concussion from a 23-car crash on the last lap at Talladega on October 7, 2012.