Earnhardt Jr. to miss NH race with concussion-like symptoms

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

LOUDON, NH — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is expected to miss the Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday due to concussion-like symptoms.

He was evaluated in Charlotte on Thursday and doctors did not clear him to participate this weekend.

NASCAR.com reports that part-time driver Alex Bowman will drive in NASCAR’s most popular driver’s stead.

Earnhardt was involved in a 22-car wreck in Daytona earlier this month and said he felt fine going into the race at Kentucky Speedway last week.

“I wasn’t feeling great the week going into Kentucky and thought it was possibly severe allergies,” Earnhardt said in a statement provided by the team, according to NASCAR.com. “I saw a family doctor and was given medication for allergies and a sinus infection. When that didn’t help, I decided to dig a little deeper. Because of my symptoms and my history with concussions, and after my recent wrecks at Michigan and Daytona, I reached out and met with a neurological specialist. After further evaluation, they felt it was best for me to sit out.

There is no timetable for his return.

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