Earnhardt Jr. to Test on Monday
October 21, 2012 | 5:16 P.M. EST
Earnhardt did not race at Charlotte and Kansas due to a concussion. (Photo: Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will participate in a closed test on Monday as one of the first steps to be cleared to race at Martinsville Speedway next weekend.
Team owner Rick Hendrick first said on the grid prior to Sunday's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway that Earnhardt was cleared to race, but then amended the statement when the race reached 80 laps to go.
“I want to apologize to all you guys (the media)," Hendrick said. "I gave you a little bad information out on pit road today. I’ve been out here at the dealerships and I did talk to the doctor (Dr. Jerry Petty, neurosurgeon) with Dale (Earnhardt Jr.) and he said everything looked good and everything was fine.
"However, I didn’t know until (HMS PR director) Jesse (Essex) informed me that I had gotten ahead of myself and that there is a closed test Monday that Dr. Petty will attend. Dale will be back in the car (for that test) and he’ll make the decision with a final test on Tuesday."
Earnhardt sat out the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas to recover from a concussion he suffered following the last lap 25-car crash at Talladega Superspeedway. The hit was the second for Earnhardt in a six-week span after he cut a right-front tire and hit the wall hard during the Goodyear Tire test at Kansas.