Dale Earnhardt Jr. Says He's Fine Following Wreck That Ended His 2017 Daytona 500

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, is introduced onstage during the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed the second half of the 2016 campaign with a concussion and was involved in a collision during Sunday's Daytona 500 in his first race back.

"I feel good," Earnhardt said, reinforcing that he was fine after the wreck, per Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com. "I don't have any symptoms or anything that I've experienced in the past. It was not that hard of a hit, but that doesn't mean you can't get injured. ... I'm happy I feel good and I'll be able to go to Atlanta [next week] competing."

Earnhardt was involved in a crash with Kyle Busch with 94 laps remaining.

Earnhardt tweeted about the crash and his showing following his time on the track:

He led for eight laps in the early going and started the race alongside pole-sitter Chase Elliott.

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Fox Sports captured the wreck that ended his chances at winning in his return from injury:

According to Pockrass, Earnhardt adjusted his headrests to minimize the space between his helmet and mitigate the amount his head could move in a wreck. The crash knocked his radiator into the oil pump, and new NASCAR rules stipulate that a team cannot replace parts or body panels on the car until the race is actually over.

"I will be honest with you, I don't want to drive no wrecked race car the rest of the day," Earnhardt said, per Pockrass. "I'm glad we took it to the garage."

Earnhardt finished in 37th place, and Kurt Busch captured the checkered flag.