NASCAR Update: Dale Jr.'s Injury, Sprint Cup Chase and Changes for 2013 Season
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--With five races left in the regular season, NASCAR makes changes for 2013 but first, here is an update on the sport's most popular driver.
Less than a week after announcing that concussions would keep Dale Jr. out of at least two races, he seeks more help.
Junior was in Pittsburgh Tuesday to see a concussion specialist, part of the rehabilitation program put in place by Charlotte doctor Jerry Petty last week.
Dale Jr. suffered two concussions over a six week span, the first coming after he hit the wall during a tire test at Kansas Speedway. That's where drivers head to this week for the 6th race in NASCAR's chase.
The top three in the standings enter the weekend separated by just 15 points and Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin have also won the past 3 Kansas races.
It's hard to pick a favorite for Sunday's race and for the Sprint Cup Championship. Drivers will qualify in Kansas on Friday.
Tuesday, NASCAR announced changes for qualifying in 2013. Next season the top 35 in owners points will not be guaranteed a spot in the race.
Instead, the fastest 36 will get in on speed and the next six highest in owners points, who failed to make it on speed are in.
There will be one past champions provisional per race.