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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concussion Research Fund Established At Children’s Hospital
October 17, 2017
Charlotte Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities have established the fund at Levine Children’s Hospital (N.C.) in honor of the legendary driver's last official season with NASCAR.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concussion Research Fund Established At Children’s Hospital

Charlotte Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities have established the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Concussion Research Fund at Carolinas Healthcare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina in honor of the legendary driver's last offical season with NASCAR.

The $100,000 gift underwrites ImPACT baseline concussion testing for more than 10,000 student-athletes at 62 middle schools, high schools and athletic associations across eight area counties as well as Johnson C. Smith University and Gardner-Webb University.

Mooresville High School – which Earnhardt attended – will also be added to the comprehensive program, which will also fund cutting-edge “blink reflexometry” research – which uses a person’s blinking reflexes to diagnose concussions. Additionally, the gift will support local concussion seminars for parents, students, coaches and pediatricians.

Earnhardt’s numerous accomplishments – including becoming the first rookie to win the NASCAR All-Star Race as well as claiming 26 NASCAR Cup Series victories, two XFINITY Series championships, and 14 Most Popular Driver awards – have endeared the Kannapolis, North Carolina, native to millions of race fans across the country.

“This is a great gift that will impact a lot of lives in the area and make a real difference,” Earnhardt said. “This track has always been really special to me. I really appreciate it. That’s a gesture that’s going to have such a long-lasting impact.”