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Earnhardt Jr. said lingering symptoms kept him from racing

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) – A disappointed Dale Earnhardt Jr. understands his concussion symptoms are still too pervasive to return to the Sprint Cup Series this season, but feels confident about his racing future. Earnhardt spoke Sunday at Darlington Raceway, two days after announcing he would end his racing year and planned to return in time for the 2017 season. Earnhardt,…

Earnhardt to miss rest of NASCAR season with concussion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the rest of the NASCAR season as he continues to recover from a concussion. NASCAR’s most popular driver has already missed six races while undergoing treatment at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program and in Charlotte. Jeff Gordon and Alex Bowman will continue to share seat time…

Race team says Gordon won’t be available to drive Michigan

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race team said on Twitter that four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon won’t be able to drive the No. 88 car next week in Michigan. Earnhardt has missed the past four races and will sit out the Saturday night event at Bristol Motor Speedway as he recovers from a concussion. Gordon has filled…

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: “I want to race. I’m not ready to quit.”

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) – In his first public appearance since suffering a concussion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he’s not ready to stop racing. Speaking at Watkins Glen International on Friday, where the Sprint Cup Series races on Sunday, NASCAR’s most popular driver said “I’m not ready to quit.” Earnhardt, who skipped the previous three Cup races while he recovers,…

Earnhardt to miss 2+ more races because of concussion

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least two more races while he recovers from a concussion. Earnhardt, who skipped the last three races, will sit out at Watkins Glen International on Sunday and at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 20. Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon will replace Earnhardt behind the wheel in the No. 88 Chevrolet…

Earnhardt’s return to NASCAR could take more time

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. warned Monday his return to NASCAR could take longer than planned. NASCAR’s most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race this Sunday with concussion-like symptoms. On his weekly podcast, he said he will have another evaluation “soon” to see “what kind of gains we’ve made and get in front of…

Earnhardt gets favorite car “Amelia” back for Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) – The beloved car “Amelia” will be back at Talladega Superspeedway after Hendrick Motorsports rebuilt the Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive on Sunday. Earnhardt drove the car he named Amelia Earhart to four wins in six starts over a 13-month period. He was so confident in the car that he used it for the season-opening…

Earnhardt Jr. says donating brain to science a ‘no-brainer’

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is calling his decision to donate his brain to science a “no-brainer.” NASCAR’s most popular driver tweeted his intention earlier this week. He said Friday he plans to pledge his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The group works with Boston University on research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative disease…