Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his brainless decision

Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands on pit road before qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands on pit road before qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. stands on pit road before qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Friday called the decision to donate his brain to science after his death a “no-brainer”. NASCAR’s most popular driver met with the media Friday at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia site of this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series STP 500. It marked the first time since last Saturday, during a NASCAR off-weekend, when Earnhardt posted on social media that he would donate his brain for concussion research after his death that he has talked about his decision.

“Hopefully, they don’t have to look at my brain whenever I pass away they have learned enough science to study the brains of living adults,” Earnhardt said.  “Hopefully, the science has advanced enough to where they no longer need to be poking around inside my brain.”

Several NFL players and extreme sports athletes have already made the commitment.

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