NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton said Dale Earnhardt Jr. had “courage” to make the decision to seek medical help and sit out this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway because of “concussion-like symptoms.”
“It takes a lot of bravery for Dale Jr. to step up and say, ‘Hey, I’m not feeling right,’ and then going to get checked,” Burton said. “We can talk about baseline tests and the ways that we can evaluate concussions, but unless the patient wants to be evaluated, all of that stuff doesn’t work.
“Dale Jr. knows he has a long life ahead of him and it’s more important to live a quality of life after racing … and not be hampered in what you want to do the rest of your life. A few races should not change what you want to do the rest of your life. That’s the bigger story in my opinion, the impact he’s having by having the nerve and the guts … this is not easy.”