Earnhardt Jr. not cleared for Martinsville after all

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (C), driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, is flanked by Team owner Rick Hendrick (L) and crew chief Steve Letarte (R) as he speaks to the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Earnhardt will miss two races after suffering a concussion from a wreck in Talladega last week. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Hours after telling the media that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been medically cleared to race at Martinsville Speedway next week, team owner Rick Hendrick had to clarify that his driver has in fact not been cleared yet.

Earnhardt was pulled from the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet prior to the race at Charlotte as he recovers from the lingering effects of a concussion suffered during a crash at Talladega. According to Earnhardt the concussion had been lingering since an incident during a test at Kansas a prior to Talladega. Regan Smith was tapped to drive the car in Earnhardt’s absence.

Sunday prior to the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Hendrick told the media that Earnhardt had been cleared to race at Martinsville. MORE>>>

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