|Earnhardt sidelined at least two weeks|
The Hendrick Motorsports driver suffered a concussion in a last-lap crash at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, and will be sidelined from the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. Hendrick Motorsports confirmed the injury in a written statement early today, saying Earnhardt was diagnosed Wednesday afternoon in Charlotte. Sources say he has experienced headaches and dizziness since the crash.
In 2002, Earnhardt ran several races with a concussion without the knowledge of NASCAR, prompting the sanctioning body to change its policy and require medical clearance before returning to competition after a crash. He is currently 11th in Sprint Cup Series championship points, 51 behind leader Brad Keselowski.
Regan Smith will drive the No. 88 AMP/National Guard Chevrolet at Charlotte and Kansas, Earnhardt and team owner Rick Hendrick and crew chief Steve Letarte will meet with the media this morning at 11 AM at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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