Concord, NC (Sports Network) - Hendrick Motorsports revealed on Thursday
morning that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not compete in the next two Sprint Cup
Series races due to a concussion he suffered last Sunday at Talladega
Earnhardt Jr., who is the most popular driver in NASCAR, was involved in a 25-
car crash on the final lap at Talladega. According to a news release from HMS,
he was diagnosed with a concussion on Wednesday in Charlotte. Earnhardt Jr.
will miss Saturday night's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Oct. 21
event at Kansas Speedway.
Regan Smith will substitute for Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet at both
racetracks. Smith made his last start in the No. 78 car for Furniture Row
Racing at Talladega. Kurt Busch is driving that car for the remaining six
races this season.
After finishing 20th at Talladega, Earnhardt Jr. fell to 11th in the
championship Chase point standings. He is 51 points behind leader Brad
Earnhardt Jr. expressed his anger about restrictor-plate racing at Talladega
and Daytona International Speedway, saying, "If this is what we did every
week. I wouldn't be doing it. I will just put it to you like that. If this is
how we raced every week, I would find another job."
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