During Sunday’s massive 25-car wreck that occurred in the final lap at Talladega Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s ride (along with the other 24 cars involved) wasn’t the only thing that suffered damage apparently so did his brain. Earnhardt Jr. suffered a concussion during the crash, apparently his second one in the past six weeks and will now sit out the next two races during the NASCAR‘s Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Earnhardt Jr.’s first concussion occurred during a crash while testing some new tires back on August 29th in Kansas but wasn’t diagnosed until Wednesday when he was examined due to lingering effects following Sunday’s wreck at Talladega. He failed to inform any about his condition after the first crash due to fear of not being allowed to compete during the initial race of the Chase.
Now with just six races remaining in NASCAR’s championship run Jr. will be forced to miss 33% of them which will all but assure him missing out yet again at claiming his first ever Sprint Cup title. Hendrick Motorsports has announced that Earnhardt Jr. will be replaced by Regan Smith in the number 88 car for both the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte this coming Sunday as well as the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas on October 21st.
Earnhardt Jr. who currently sits in 11th place in the Chase standings, 51 points behind leader Brad Keselowski should return less than three weeks from now for the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville on October 28th but by then his chances at claiming the Sprint Cup title will be long gone and he will have to wait until next season to capture that elusive crown.