Earnhardt Jr transported to hospital, then released

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was transported to Bayhealth Memorial Hospital in Dover after a crash on lap 365 in today's Winston Cup race. Earnhardt slammed the driver's side of the No. 8 DEI Chevy into the outside wall, in a single-car incident that...

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was transported to Bayhealth Memorial Hospital in Dover after a crash on lap 365 in today's Winston Cup race. Earnhardt slammed the driver's side of the No. 8 DEI Chevy into the outside wall, in a single-car incident that brought out the seventh yellow flag of the event.

Earnhardt was awake after the hard hit, and able to put down his window net to signal workers he was not injured. Apparently, he lost consciousness sometime after that, and had to be assisted out of his Monte Carlo by NASCAR and track safety workers, strapped to a backboard.

Earnhardt did not regain consciousness until entering the infield care center some moments later. After initial tests, it was decided that he be airlifted to a local hospital for further evaluation including additional tests and X-rays.

Although unconscious after the crash, Earnhardt was awake, speaking, and able to strap himself into the helicopter to exit the track for medical tests.

DEI representatives have stated that Earnhardt was alert and speaking with doctor's at the hospital. He was anxious to leave and return to his home in Mooresville, North Carolina this evening.

Update at 7:47pm:

At approximately 7:00 p.m. Earnhardt was released from Bayhealth Memorial Hospital in Dover, Delaware. He was diagnosed with a minor concussion and bruised right foot.  

Earnhardt is expected to return home this evening, and see his personal physician tomorrow.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt