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Dale Jr. Just Found Out He Suffered Serious Injury Sometime in Racing Career

File this one in the NASCAR oddity section. Thursday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took to Twitter to talk about a recent doctor visit for chest pains, and when he left the doctor’s office he found out he had suffered a serious injury at some point in his career, yet had no idea this whole time.

How crazy is that? Earnhardt Jr., who like his father was a Daytona 500 winner, All-Star Race winner and Most Popular Driver Award winner, also shared the same type of injury that his father sustained.

Earnhardt Sr. broke his sternum in a violent crash at Talladega Superspeedway in 1996, then in one of the gutsiest performances in NASCAR lure sat on the pole at Watkins Glen two weeks later. Somewhere in Earnhardt Jr.’s career he suffered a broken sternum as well, he just isn’t sure when or where it happened.

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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