An engine failure ended Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s bid to win his first NASCAR race since last June. He lost a cylinder and then, shortly thereafter, his engine expired altogether in a ball of smoke. This is just one of many issues that have prevented Hendrick Motorsports from winning races that historically it has dominated.
First Jeff Gordon’s wreck just six laps in, followed by Kasey Kahne crashing out of the lead just before Earnhardt’s engine went sour, and capped off by Jimmie Johnson hitting the wall while running second with two laps remaining. This was the first time since 2005 that Hendrick failed to have a car finish in the top 10.
However, during post-race interviews Earnhardt Jr. only had praise for his race team, and seemed to be remaining positive even in the face of his missed opportunity.
Concussions are one of the most talked about sports injuries right now, and officials across many leagues are taking them more seriously than ever.
After Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered a concussion following a 25-car accident on Oct. 7, in addition to an untreated concussion from Aug. 29, neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty ordered the NASCAR driver to sit out two races to recover.
Today it was announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. could return to the track.
According to foxnewssports.com, the injury snapped Earnhardt’s streak of more than 461 consecutive starts, which is the fifth-longest active streak in the Spring Cup Series, and ends his shot to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
The story said that Earnhardt underwent a rehabilitation program directed by Dr. Petty and has been given the OK to race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a Washington Redskins fan and had the opportunity to commentate part of last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to Redskins.com, Earnhardt gave the play-by-play action has Roy Helu Jr. ran 15 yards into the end zone on the very first play.
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