TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Earnhardt likely to return next week

Auto Racing Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
AP
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been cleared to drive after missing two races with a concussion. AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File
By The Associated Press
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, 7:44 p.m.
 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is expected back on the track next weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

Team owner Rick Hendrick said Sunday that NASCAR's most popular driver has been headache-free for more than a week, and that tests by a specialist in Pittsburgh showed no lingering issues from two concussions that Earnhardt sustained in a six-week span.

Earnhardt will get back into a car Monday and, if everything goes well, could be cleared to drive by neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty during a follow-up visit Tuesday.

“Everything's great,” Hendrick said before Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.

“He feels good. He's done everything they told him to do. He didn't have any more headaches after, I guess it was Thursday or Friday of Charlotte week, so everything's good.”

Earnhardt was first injured in a crash during a tire test Aug. 29 at Kansas but didn't seek treatment for the mild concussion. He was part of a 25-car pileup on Oct. 7 at Talladega and sought treatment from a doctor who ultimately benched him for two races.

Earnhardt's doctor had said he would not be cleared to race until he'd gone at least four days headache-free, then went through various tests and spent some time behind the wheel.

That wheel time will occur Monday during a closed test that Hendrick said will probably take place at Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia.

“He's burning up to get in the car. I mean, he wanted to run this weekend,” Hendrick said.

“He's very anxious. He wants to get back,” he said. “No way you're going to hold him out unless the doctor wouldn't clear him, but he's good to go.”

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Prospect Taillon to undergo season-ending hernia surgery
  2. Fun-seekers won’t let a regatta without races get them down
  3. Russian winger Plotnikov could join Penguins in August
  4. Rossi: Rutherford shines as old boss pouts
  5. Police seeking light blue vehicle after Homestead shooting
  6. The Word Guy: Can ‘real’ replace ‘really’ in talk or text?
  7. Experts recommend checking your home’s deck frequently
  8. Former Jeannette coach held for trial on charges of assault on teen girls
  9. Crane tips over, smashes into roof of building at Pitt
  10. Liriano, Pirates complete sweep of Tigers
  11. Shaken by economic, political turmoil, MLB forsaking Venezuela