TribLIVE

| Sports


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

Earnhardt likely to return next week

Auto Racing Videos

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.”

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. For Steelers outside linebacker Jones, size is not an obstacle
  2. Biden in Pittsburgh Thursday for fundraiser
  3. Monroeville firefighters hope hot photo calendar will help raise money
  4. Homeowners warned of bogus land surveyors
  5. Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse
  6. Steelers cornerbacks Allen, Gay, Taylor have something to prove
  7. Medical pot advocates speak up at meeting with Sen. Folmer in Export
  8. Pirates notebook: McCutchen returns to starting lineup; Alvarez out
  9. Need to modernize closes Ambridge theater doors ... for now
  10. Parade of Mustangs to kick off Connellsville’s Mum Festival
  11. Attorney General drops charges against ‘upper-level’ heroin dealers
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.