Sports Dale Earnhardt JR's race season is over; career in doubt?

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  1. Ben Dover

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    Source: USA Today

    Ridiculously popular driver in NASCAR, but nowhere near the talent of his late father. Posted in case anyone is watching tonight's Southern 500, I'm sure they will be talking about it endlessly


    Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 'I definitely don't belong in a race car today'
    Mike Hembree, Special for USA TODAY Sports4:29 p.m. EDT September 4, 2016











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    USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Gluck explains why Dale Earnhardt Jr. is done for the season and which drivers will replace him during his absence. USA TODAY Sports

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    USA TODAY

    Current and former drivers, fans stand by Dale Earnhardt Jr.


    Earnhardt, 41, hasn’t raced since July 9. His latest problems apparently stem from a crash at Michigan International Speedway June 12 (although he raced after that crash).

    Earnhardt has missed six races and will not drive in the season’s remaining 12 races.Jeff Gordon will replace him in Sunday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, and Gordon and Alex Bowman will split driving duties in the No. 88Chevrolet for the rest of the year.

    “I think it’s the right decision considering how I feel,” Earnhardt said. “I definitely don’t belong in a race car today by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t know how long this process is going to take. We want to be healthy and able to compete at some point.”

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    Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes right call, sets example for next generation


    Dr. Micky Collins of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program is a part of Earnhardt’s treatment team. He participated in a Darlington Raceway press conference Sunday with Earnhardt and Rick Hendrick, Earnhardt’s team owner.

    Collins spoke in stark terms about Earnhardt’s condition.

    “Our goal is to see him become a human being again,” Collins said. “He’s feeling better. He can tolerate a lot more. Our second goal is Dale becoming a race car driver again. I’m very confident we’re moving in that direction.

    “The systems that are injured for Dale are the systems that make Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt — his ability to sustain focus and stabilize his vision when he moves his head and interpret complex visual information. It’s a different set of skills than any of us have.

    “When I first saw Dale a month and a half ago, I can tell you he was pretty sick. He was having problems with the vestibular (inner ear and brain) system, with the ocular (vision) system and with some anxiety and mood issues that are very much associated with these problems. He has made progress where we can match treatments that can treat those different problems. Over the last two and a half weeks, the fruits of that labor are paying off.”

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    Dario Franchitti texting Dale Earnhardt Jr. about concussions


    Earnhardt, who wore prescription glasses to the press conference, has said he has had problems with vision and balance. He described Sunday “going to Target or somewhere and I have symptoms and might stumble across an aisle or need more sidewalk than a normal guy.”

    He described feeling relatively comfortable at home “but losing about 20 percent when I leave the house.”

    Earnhardt is working daily on exercises to improve his vision and balance.

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    Experts stress caution with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s future


    Hendrick said he and his team are planning on Earnhardt’s return in February 2017 and the start of next season.

    “He (Earnhardt) is like a member of the family,” Hendrick said. “I care about him as a person probably as much or more than as a race car driver. I’ve been concerned. I’ve been surprised how hard he’s worked. I want him to race for me as long as he can. The seat is his.”

    A decision on Earnhardt’s availability for the new season probably will need to be made no later than December because of sponsor concerns and the need to choose a replacement if he can’t return.
     
  2. JameGumb

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    Jeff Gordon still races? :wtf:
     
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    OMG I thought he retired. They made such a big deal last year - this is his last season!
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    He's never had the drive or dedication. He just wants to hang with the boys
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    JameGumb We're all out of toner!

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    Oh calm down, I haven't followed this shit in years, excuse me for being shocked.
     
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    God damn it I miss his daddy. Honest to God, I stopped watching nascar the day he died.

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    its like the Kiss farewell tour..that started in 1996
     
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    He did retire after last season, but agreed to fill in when his schedule allowed, if Earnhardt was unable to race
     
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    You calm down, bub! :D

    All Jeff Gordon did is retire from full time Sprint Cup racing. You'll see him again, either in this series at the big races at Daytona, Indy or as a road course ringer. And I wouldn't be surprised to see him try the Indy 500 at some point.
     
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    Only a guy that drives a Chevy can anticipate this..

    Jr³ has little to prove anymore. He will never live up to his Dad's legacy. Retire and have a long happy life.
     
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    Improper use of sports tag.

    Video games are as much of a "sport" as nascar

    Please edit with proper tag
     
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    There have been rumors for years, once called the most eligible bachelor with a million women lined up to get him, that all sort of faded away over night. He did always say his sister was his best friend on top of being his manager, the signs are there.


    About his concussions, if he's having that serious of problems now at 41, damn, he'll be drooling and need to be on a leach by 50! :doh:
     
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    I questioned his sexual preference for a long time also, as you never heard about him dating women. As it turns out, he's been dating a girl named Amy for several years, and they got engaged in Germany during last year's race season.

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    Heard about him having relationships before. One time, even dating a fan. Just private about it, like his life.
    Damn, everything that has to be see he/she w/out someone? Gay rumours!
     
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    Stated this once before......Back before NASCAR as a whole went down the shitter in popularity......They did one of those ESPN behind the scenes with D' Jr.
    And they did a tour of his digs and one of the things that he was very proud of......Was the boxing ring he had, and that he and his friends delighted in beating
    the shit out of each other......Betcha' he's suffering from concussions that he's been getting for years from his Buds.....................
     
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    Dale Sr is in the same category as guys like Ayrton Senna. Pretty lame to say that Jr isn't as good as his Dad, because no one is.
     
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    crazypreacher Hey yo

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    I only follow Harvick because he's an asshole and from Bakersfield.
     
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    Harvick is cool. He don't take no shit from anyone.
     
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    Dale Sr. stole the "Intimidator" Schtick from A.J. Foyt............And he wasn't a hair on A.J.'s Nutsack....................
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    The announcer Ken Squire is 87 years old. :wtf:

    Ned Jarrett is 83.
     
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