FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS STATEMENT
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2012) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not compete in the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway after being diagnosed with a concussion following the Oct. 7 race at Talladega, Ala.
Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 Chevrolets for Hendrick Motorsports, was diagnosed Wednesday afternoon in Charlotte. Regan Smith will be the team’s substitute driver at Charlotte and Kansas.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered a concussion in the “big one” at the end of Sunday’s race at Talladega, which involved 25 cars. Earnhardt is 11th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings, but missing the next two races will eliminate him from championship contention.
In a news conference Thursday morning, Earnhardt said he did not feel right after crashing during a tire test at Kansas Speedway back on Aug. 29. “The wreck at Kansas was really severe and it surprised me,” Earnhardt said saying that he now regrets not seeing a doctor after the Kansas crash.
*NOTE: Regan Smith was scheduled to drive Phoenix Racing’s No. 51 car this weekend. AJ Allmendinger is expected to drive the car now, team officials said.