Earnhardt Jr. may return to racing after Tuesday test - Hendrick

Mr. Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports (HMS), spoke briefly with media during the hollywood casino 400 about the medical status of dale earnhardt jr., driver of the no. 88 National guard/diet mountain dew chevrolet

MR. HENDRICK: “I want to apologize to all you guys (the media). I gave you a little bad information out on pit road today. I’ve been out here at the dealerships and I did talk to the doctor (Dr. Jerry Petty, neurosurgeon) with Dale (Earnhardt Jr.) and he said everything looked good and everything was fine. However, I didn’t know until (HMS PR director) Jesse (Essex) informed me that I had gotten ahead of myself and that there is a closed test Monday that Dr. Petty will attend. Dale will be back in the car (for that test) and he’ll make the decision with a final test on Tuesday.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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So, we don’t foresee any problems but I didn’t read my emails this morning and I kind of got ahead of myself. I talked to the doctor myself and everything went good in Pittsburg (PA, tested Tuesday Oct. 16th)) and Dr. Petty felt real good about it. And I did know that they were going to shake down a car, but I didn’t know that the doctor was going, and that he would actually be evaluating him Tuesday (two separate tests/evaluations). I apologize for that. The test (next) Tuesday is in his (Dr. Petty’s) office. The test Monday is in the (race) car.”

ARE YOU STILL FEELING VERY POSITIVE THAT HE’LL BE BACK IN THE CAR AT MARTINSVILLE? “I will be shocked if he’s not in the car. Everything looks good. His attitude and the way he feels; he’s had no headaches since Thursday or Friday of Charlotte; and the tests have gone real well. I think Dr. Petty is just being super-cautious and I applaud him for that. I think the sequence is that he (Dr. Petty) will be with him at the test Monday; they will evaluate him in his office Tuesday, and then he will notify NASCAR if he’s okay. Maybe I just heard what I wanted to hear when I talked to (Dr.) Petty because everything in Pittsburg was good.”

Source: Team Chevy Racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
Article type Breaking news
Tags TEST, chevrolet, earnhardt, hendrick, jerry petty, martinsville