Earnhardt ‘Freaked Out’ Watching Practice Post-Concussion

Source: wsoctv.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 4/9/2018 – 

A serious concussion continues to cause frightening side effects for retired NASCAR driver and Mooresville native Dale Earnhardt Jr.

While he doesn’t drive around the track at 200 mph anymore, Earnhardt is still around the sport.

The concussion issues that weighed heavily on Earnhardt’s decision to retire are still causing him problems.

Earnhardt said in a recent podcast that he freaked out while watching NASCAR drivers’ practice.

“Something weird happened on Saturday and I ended up calling my doctor,” Earnhardt said.

More than a year after suffering a concussion, Earnhardt is still feeling the effects.

Last month, he watched a practice at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia and while he was standing feet from where the cars were whizzing by, he started to feel nauseous.

“And so I said, ‘I got to get away from these cars. I’m too close.’ And it reminded me a bit of what I was dealing with my concussion.”

That wasn’t the only thing that triggered symptoms for Earnhardt.

“We climbed up on top of the 13-hauler and as soon as we got up on top of it, I said, ‘Steve, I got to get down.’”

Earnhardt said it took about 30 minutes for nausea and balance problems to go away.

“I got really freaked out,” he said.

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