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Earnhardt Jr. ready for return after concussion-plagued 2015

Posted January 25

— Dale Earnhardt Jr. is becoming used to his new reality of answering constant questions about concussions.

"Concussions are like snowflakes. Everybody's is different and how you react to it is different, so you don't want to be talking to this guy and that guy thinking that what happened to them is going to happen to you," Earnhardt said Wednesday in Charlotte.

Junior's concussion story spanned most of last season. He missed 18 races, and now he's trying to look for the positives from that forced time off.

"You get into a routine of doing the same thing over and over and you sort of lose sight of how fortunate you are and how fun it is," he said.

Junior will be part of a testing session in Phoenix at the beginning of February as part of his effort to get back to feeling comfortable in the driver's seat as a new season approaches.

"Everything is really about confidence now," he said. "I'm trying to build that confidence back up in my health and trying to build that confidence back up that we have speed and I am doing what I need to do for the team."

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