Dale Earnhardt Jr. meets with the media

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)
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)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced Thursday that he will set out the next two races due to the lingering effects of a concussion. Shortly after the announcement, Earnhardt along with team owner Rick Hendrick, crew chief Steve Letarte and Dr. Jerry Petty met with members of the media.

Below is the transcript from that press conference.

KERRY THARP: Joining us up front we have Steve Letarte, crew chief of the No. 88; Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the No. 88; team owner Rick Hendrick; and Dr. Jerry Petty, neurosurgeon. At this time I’m going to call on Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who has some things he’d like to share with everyone. MORE>>>

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