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NASCAR superstar race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two Cup Chase races after suffering his second concussion over the last few months.  Concussion is essentially just another term to describe brain injury.  Earnhardt sought medical help after suffering from repeated headaches following a crash last Sunday at Talladega.

http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/8489668/dale-earnhardt-jr-concussion-2-races

Earnhardt is not the first NASCAR driver to miss time on the track due to brain injuries.  In the video accompanying the above article, former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven talks about the effects of a concussion he suffered from while racing.  Craven was sidelined for several months following a crash at Texas Motor Speedway.

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1998-03-20/sports/9803200461_1_ricky-craven-hendrick-motorsports-headaches

Former NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan suffered multiple severe brain injuries during races at Michigan International Speedway.  These injuries ultimately led to his retirement.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/blog/from_the_marbles/post/Where-are-they-now-Ernie-Irvan-s-life-after-rac?urn=nascar-280392

Subsequently, Irvan created the Race2Safety foundation and has become a national spokesperson on brain injury awareness.

http://www.irvan.com/race2safety/

All of these drivers have been NASCAR race champions but even champions are not immune to brain injuries.

Learn about brain injury treatment services at the Transitional Learning Center: tlcrehab.org

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