It’s Official: Earnhardt Can Race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (HHP/Brian Lawdermilk Photo)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will race this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. (HHP/Brian Lawdermilk Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – This time, it is truly official. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has been medically cleared to race this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Per NASCAR policy, NASCAR’s medical liaison office received official notification of his clearance to resume racing late this morning. Earnhardt announced Oct. 11 that he would miss two races, Charlotte and Kansas, while he was recovering from a concussion.

He was injured during the last-lap crash at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Oct. 7. Regan Smith has driven the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet during Earnhardt’s absence.

Earnhardt was diagnosed with a concussion on Oct. 10, three days after the Talladega crash. Earnhardt said during a press conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway the same week that he believed a testing crash at Kansas Speedway in August also gave him a concussion, but he worked through that injury.