Dale Earnhardt Jr. cleared to race starting this week at Martinsville

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has sat out the last two races while recovering from a concussion. (Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has sat out the last two races while recovering from a concussion. (Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been cleared medically and by NASCAR to return to competition and will race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

Earnhardt has sat out the last two Sprint Cup races while nursing a concussion suffered at Talladega Superspeedway last month. Earnhardt announced October 11 that he would miss the two races (Charlotte and Kansas) while he was recovering from the concussion.

Regan Smith was tapped to drive the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet while Earnhardt recovered.

This past week team owner Rick Hendrick said Earnhardt would test in a racecar on Monday and be further evaluated and most likely cleared Tuesday. Hendrick Motorsports made the official announcement late Tuesday morning. MORE>>>

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