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Dale Jr. to miss two races.

Post by Spannerhead29 (Nelson) on Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:57 am

BREAKING NEWS: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will miss the next two Sprint Cup races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway after being diagnosed with a concussion following Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway. Regan Smith will fill in for Earnhardt in the #88 at both races. SPEED will have more on the story as it becomes available.

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Post by Spannerhead29 (Nelson) on Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:39 am

And now rumours are AJ Allmendinger will return with Phoenix Racing in the #51.
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Re: Dale Jr. to miss two races.

Post by BWard on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:00 am

Why him? I hardly ever noticed he had a concussion, I mean he drove Jimmie Johnson back to the pits after the race.
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Post by Cardinals5 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:03 am

He's had concussions in the past, it's not surprising that might cause another. I saw him take a couple of hard hits so that could have done it.
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Post by BlueThunderfan on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:16 am

wait, Regan Smith will have a Hendrick ride?

YES YES YES YES YES!!!! Very Happy
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Re: Dale Jr. to miss two races.

Post by BWard on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:20 am

All I know now is that he'll finish last in Chase standings. Sad
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Post by PYLrulz on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:24 am

Now that's odd, with all things considered, not unless something else happened
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Post by AntmanB on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:24 am

Inb4 ratings for Charlotte and Kansas are down 30 percent

I hope he's ok
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Post by day500champ1 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:27 am

First California in'02, then Dover in'03, now last week.

Although this is the first time it has caused him to miss races.
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Post by BWard on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:32 am

day500champ1 wrote:First California in'02, then Dover in'03, now last week.

Although this is the first time it has caused him to miss races.

The crashes he had in 2002 and 2003 looked more severe than this one though, so I can't work out how this will force them to miss races.
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Post by Mystrsyko on Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:50 am

BWardboy88 wrote:
day500champ1 wrote:First California in'02, then Dover in'03, now last week.

Although this is the first time it has caused him to miss races.

The crashes he had in 2002 and 2003 looked more severe than this one though, so I can't work out how this will force them to miss races.
Back then the only thing we knew about treating concussions was to let them rest up a bit and send them back out. Obviously, that hasn't worked out so well in the NFL. With the current understanding of concussions, we know he's going to need to sit out a few races in order to guarantee that it heals properly

On the twilight zone side of things, back in June, I compared Jr's good points standing with Sterling Marlin when he was doing well in the points. Then Marlin was injured in a crash and couldn't make a run at the championship
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Re: Dale Jr. to miss two races.

Post by navycook75 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:25 pm

>Allmendinger's back


(fun fact time: both drivers of the 51 this year drove the 22 car at some point.)


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Post by RealRacer4 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:48 pm

Wow. Not what I was expecting. While I hope Dale Jr. has a speedy recovery, I'm really excited about seeing Regan Smith get a legitimate ride for the next 2 races and A.J. Allmendinger making his return to NASCAR. This, for sure, has already been an interesting weekend. Man, I hope Regan Smith proves to everyone that he can be very competitive.

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Post by Cynon on Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:30 pm

I have to admit this is about the last thing I expected to hear. I wish Dale Jr. a speedy recovery. However, I can just hear the ratings and track attendance taking a huge plummet.

Now, what happens if Smith wins both races?


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Post by Lucstar88 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:04 pm

If Smith runs well, someone will want him
EDIT : I wish Jr a speedy recovery
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Re: Dale Jr. to miss two races.

Post by Lucstar88 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:17 pm

Also, i read on Nascar.com that Rick Hendrick would like to put Regan in a full time NNS Car. Which is a good option for him
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Re: Dale Jr. to miss two races.

Post by flyingturns89 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:18 pm

Interesting stat: This Saturday's race will be the first since September 3, 1979 to not have a member of the Earnhardt family in the field.
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Post by BWard on Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:20 pm

flyingturns89 wrote:Interesting stat: This Saturday's race will be the first since September 3, 1979 to not have a member of the Earnhardt family in the field.

Another streak broken by the looks of it then. Rolling Eyes
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Post by Kornography on Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:58 pm

Man, this was surprising. Sucks to hear my favorite driver won't have a shot at the chase, but this is for the best and I wish him a speedy recovery.
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Post by conrail1990 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:00 pm

Hope Jr. has a good healthy recover. Probably done when he got rocked by Labonte.
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Post by BWard on Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:19 pm

conrail1990 wrote:Hope Jr. has a good healthy recover. Probably done when he got rocked by Labonte.

I now think so to, I feel sorry for him. But it's just part of life and Racing, drivers miss races with injuries or illnesses but tbh I never saw this coming.
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Post by Chives2112 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:31 pm

I wish Jr. the best, but now... it's time for Regan Smith to shine.
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Post by MPatterson1724 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:44 pm

It was because of his testing crash at Kansas about a month ago hurt him a bit and after his wreck last week he said that it made him very disoriented and after talking to a neurosurgen, he wasn't cleared to race. Full transcript is on Jayski.
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Post by PackerMan71 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:03 pm

Well, that sucks. A promising season down the drain.

Oh, well. Health comes first.
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Post by Alta on Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:50 pm

Well this certainly came out of left field, I remember Junior and a few others taking quite a pounding in that wreck. Wish him a speedy recovery.

I'm excited to hear Regan Smith is going to be in the car and may be in consideration for a Hendrick ride in Nationwide. He's the most underrated driver in the series and this will be his true test.

Allmendinger getting the 51 is nice to hear, Can't do worse then Kurt did with that car. Razz

Ratings are going to tank though. Same with track attendence.
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Post by crl on Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:21 pm

Sad and surprising to hear, but Junior wasn't going to win the title, anyway.

Good luck to Regan.

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Re: Dale Jr. to miss two races.

Post by Alpineopossum on Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:40 pm

BWardboy88 wrote:
flyingturns89 wrote:Interesting stat: This Saturday's race will be the first since September 3, 1979 to not have a member of the Earnhardt family in the field.

Another streak broken by the looks of it then. Rolling Eyes

What about the time when Jr. was injured in an ALMS wreck at Sonoma? He missed a race or two.


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Post by RealRacer4 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:42 pm

Alpineopossum wrote:
BWardboy88 wrote:
flyingturns89 wrote:Interesting stat: This Saturday's race will be the first since September 3, 1979 to not have a member of the Earnhardt family in the field.

Another streak broken by the looks of it then. Rolling Eyes

What about the time when Jr. was injured in an ALMS wreck at Sonoma? He missed a race or to.

He started a race at New Hampshire but was releived by Martin Truex Jr. after 40 laps or so into the race.

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Re: Dale Jr. to miss two races.

Post by Rykia on Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:57 pm

RealRacer4 wrote:
Alpineopossum wrote:
BWardboy88 wrote:
flyingturns89 wrote:Interesting stat: This Saturday's race will be the first since September 3, 1979 to not have a member of the Earnhardt family in the field.

Another streak broken by the looks of it then. Rolling Eyes

What about the time when Jr. was injured in an ALMS wreck at Sonoma? He missed a race or to.

He started a race at New Hampshire but was releived by Martin Truex Jr. after 40 laps or so into the race.

As well as starting Pocono and being relieved by John Andretti (I think).
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Re: Dale Jr. to miss two races.

Post by JMac525 on Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:04 am

Rykia_RKXK wrote:
RealRacer4 wrote:
Alpineopossum wrote:
BWardboy88 wrote:
flyingturns89 wrote:Interesting stat: This Saturday's race will be the first since September 3, 1979 to not have a member of the Earnhardt family in the field.

Another streak broken by the looks of it then. Rolling Eyes

What about the time when Jr. was injured in an ALMS wreck at Sonoma? He missed a race or to.

He started a race at New Hampshire but was releived by Martin Truex Jr. after 40 laps or so into the race.

As well as starting Pocono and being relieved by John Andretti (I think).

You are correct, sir.
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