Dale Earnhardt Jr. (center), driver of the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, is flanked by Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick (left) and crew chief Steve Letarte (right) as he speaks to the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 11 in Charlotte, N.C. Earnhardt will miss two races after suffering a concussion from an accident in Talladega last week. (Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

dale jr. fans have a reason to be proud, not sad

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced today that he’s sitting out the next two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule (Charlotte and Kansas) due to concussions, one sustained at Kansas during a testing session last month and the other at Talladega last Sunday. It’s sad news because he’s missing out on racing — especially since he’s in The Chase and had been having a great season so far in terms of consistency — but it’s great news in that he’s listening to his body and taking care of the MOST important thing: his health.

Dale’s fans should be happy for him in that he’s serving as an example to others, fellow NASCAR drivers and young, aspiring NASCAR drives alike, to stop and take the time to heal. We know that many drivers will just “play through the pain” for fear that they’ll lose their ride which is — in the world of racing — EVERYTHING, but it’s really not everything because you have to look outside of that, you have to look at your life as a whole. Not being in that car on Sunday will suck for Dale and his fans but it would suck worse if he couldn’t function at a very basic level.

It makes sense to take care of something like this now when you can get in front of it, so to speak, instead of waiting for something worse to develop as a result of doing nothing.

4 Comments

  1. October 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM ·

    I totally agree! I’m sure it took a lot for him to decide to go to the doctor knowing what he may have been facing (not racing for a period of time).

    Go Team 88 and Regan Smith! Wishing Dale a speedy recovery!

  2. October 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM ·

    I’m applauding this decision! I’ve had 2 concussions (one at 4yo & one at 12yo) the slightest bump to my head can cause severe pain or headaches that last for days. I’m sad to see him hurt, but am please to see him recognize the seriousness. Praying he heals quickly!

  3. Kim
    October 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM ·

    I’m happy he went to the neuro doc. Frankly, he never should have gotten into that car at Talladega, but I’m thankful that he realized there was a problem and sought help. I would not be surprised if he’s out longer than two weeks – concussions are not always a cut-and-dried issue.

    Saying prayers for quick healing and seeing Dale back in the car as soon as it’s safe! : )

  4. October 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM ·

    So glad Dale took the initiative to get this checked out and listened to his body!

    Hope he recovers quickly!