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Earnhardt says health is top priority

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) It took less than four laps for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to feel back at home in his race car. His test this week at Darlington Raceway was the final hurdle for NASCAR's most popular driver to earn clearance to compete next season.

The test ended months of speculation - should Earnhardt retire? Was the risk of suffering yet another concussion too great? - and a detailed medical plan helped get him back on the track when many thought he should just step away for good.

"When you get something taken away from you, you certainly realize what it's worth," Earnhardt said Friday. "I'm feeling recharged and energized about coming back ready to race. I've got a lot left in the tank."


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NASCAR Schedule
Monster Energy PremierThe Clash at DaytonaFeb. 185:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET20:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 北京时间6:00 MST8:00 EST5:00 UAE (+1)7:00 CT2:00 CETNaN:� BRT TV: FS1
XFINITYGreat Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of AmericaJun. 1310:46 PT11:46 MT12:46 CT1:46 ET13:46 ET17:46 GMT1:46 北京时间10:46 MST12:46 EST21:46 UAE12:46 CT19:46 CET TV: FS1
Camping World TruckNextEra Energy Resources 250Feb. 244:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET19:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 北京时间5:30 MST7:30 EST4:30 UAE (+1)6:30 CT1:30 CETNaN:� BRT TV: FS1

NASCAR Leaders: Points
1 J.Johnson 5040 5
2 J.Logano 5037 3
3 K.Busch 5035 4
4 C.Edwards 5007 3
5 M.Kenseth 2330 2
6 D.Hamlin 2320 3
7 K.Busch 2296 1
8 K.Harvick 2289 4
9 K.Larson 2288 1
10 C.Elliott 2285 0
11 M.Truex Jr. 2271 4
12 B.Keselowski 2267 4
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