Cleared to race again following a concussion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. hopes other drivers will be more proactive regarding head injuries.
"I hate the attention it got," Earnhardt told reporters Friday at Martinsville Speedway, where is preparing for Sunday's race. "I hate being in front of you guys here talking about it. But I' m glad I did what I did, took the time off, made the choices I made. I had to do it. I knew something wasn't right. You can't (ignore) concussions. It's really dangerous doing that."
Earnhardt said that the headaches he reported Oct. 12 -- that led to neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty forbid him from driving for two weeks -- are gone.
Earnhardt sat out five days with headaches stemming from a crash at Talladega Superspeedway. It was the second time in six weeks he had suffered symptoms of a concussion. He said the Kansas concussion had more to do with frontal lobe headaches, and said the second one was caused by a lot of "anxiety and emotional stuff."