Earnhardt Jr awaiting approval to drive

Earnhardt Jr awaiting approval to drive

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is awaiting clearance from NASCAR regarding his medical standing, as to whether he can compete in this weekend's EA Sports 500 at Talladega. Earnhardt has won the last four consecutive Cup races at the 2.66-mile Alabama super...

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is awaiting clearance from NASCAR regarding his medical standing, as to whether he can compete in this weekend's EA Sports 500 at Talladega. Earnhardt has won the last four consecutive Cup races at the 2.66-mile Alabama super speedway.

Dale Earnhardt Jr..
Photo by Thomas Chemris.
Earnhardt was injured in a lap 365 crash, when the No. 8 Chevy slammed driver side into the outside retaining wall at Dover. Earnhardt was taken to a local hospital that evening and released. On Monday, Earnhardt saw Dr. Jerry Petty were he was diagnosed with a concussion, bruised foot and arm. Currently, Earnhardt is on crutches and has been instructed to stay off of his feet.

NASCAR must clear the 28-year-old fan favorite to drive this weekend; word is the sanctioning body is awaiting further information from test results performed Monday.

In addition, early reports noted that Earnhardt was unconscious when transported to the infield care center at Dover after being removed from his car. Earnhardt was apparently only lost consciousness briefly, and was awake and alert when he was helped out of his car and taken in for medical exams.

Earnhardt had to cancel an intended news conference Tuesday at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., where it was suspected that he planned to announce that he had reached a contract deal with DEI and had resigned.

There is no word on when NASCAR will announce whether or not they will let Earnhardt drive this weekend. Team sources say they he is planning to compete.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr.