Dale Earnhardt Jr will not race at Charlotte, Championship chance is gone

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) hitches a ride back to pit road with teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr (88) after a crash at the finish of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway
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Hendrick Motorsports announced today that NASCAR Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been diagnosed with a concussion from his crash in last week’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.  Dale Jr. will sit out the race this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and next weekend at Kansas Speedway.  Regan Smith will be the substitute driver of the No. 88 Chevy for those two races.

After the race at Talladega Dale Earnhardt Jr. had harsh words for that style of racing.  Words that were out of character for him and surprising.  There was no indication from Dale Jr. that he was hurt during the 25 car wreck on the last lap.  In fact he drove his car back to the garage with Jimmie Johnson riding on the driver’s side door.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. did say when asked if he was OK, “Yeah, I just took a lot of hard shots.” but that is all.

Dale Jr. was diagnosed Wednesday afternoon.  With Dale Jr. missing two races that assures he will not earn a championship this year and will surely end the season in 12th place.

Regan Smith was supposed to drive the No. 51 car, replacing Kurt Busch.  There has been no word on who will drive the No 51 car.

Brian Berg Jr. is the Lead NASCAR writer for

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