TALLADEGA, Ala. (WIAT) — The word concussion has leaped to the forefront in sports discussion and everyday vernacular, even becoming the title of a major motion picture on the problem in the NFL.
Despite all this attention, concussions remain a relative unknown to fans in the sport of racing, but not to one of the sport’s marquee names.
The crash that claimed Dale Earnhardt Sr’s life at Daytona began NASCAR’s focus on head injuries, leading them to pioneer head and neck support devices among other precautions to keep drivers safe.
Now, Junior finds himself a victim of concussions, and his season has been tabled since July 9.
While other high-impact sports like football see a majority of players back as early as within a week, Junior’s problems were lasting and different.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. tells CBS 42 Sports Reporter Scott Griffin that he plans to return to racing next year.
Watch his interview in the video above.
He will remain in Talladega through Sunday.