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Oct. 11, 2012
By Reid Spencer
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, at Charlotte and Kansas, because of a concussion, Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday morning.
According to a statement released from Hendrick Motorsports, Earnhardt was "diagnosed with a concussion following the Oct. 7 race at Talladega, Ala." The condition was diagnosed Wednesday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C.
Regan Smith will replace Earnhardt in the No. 88 Chevrolet at Charlotte and Kansas. Missing two races will end Earnhardt's chances for a Cup championship this year.
Earnhardt's streak of consecutive starts in the Cup series will end at 461.
Updated October 11, 2012