Day­tona race could cause clash at home

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - Com­piled by Tim Cooper

A four-time Day­tona win­ner, NAS­CAR Mon­ster En­ergy Cup driver Dale Earn­hardt Jr. may not have ex­actly closed the door on rac­ing at the Florida re­stric­tor­plate track al­though he has an­nounced that he is re­tir­ing at the end of the sea­son, but his wife sure has.

De­spite Earn­hardt’s de­sire to con­tinue rac­ing in fu­ture Day­tona 500s and in the 2018 Clash, an in­vi­teonly ex­hi­bi­tion race at Day­tona in Fe­bru­ary, Amy Earn­hardt did not give her bless­ing based on the po­ten­tial risk of an­other con­cus­sion, which caused him to miss the fi­nal half of last sea­son.

“I’ve re­ceived many com­ments on Dale Jr. run­ning the 2018 Clash, based on whether or not I give my bless­ing,” Amy wrote on Twit­ter. “Con­sid­er­ing his strug­gles last fall with his in­jury, we are very blessed that he is now healthy, happy and able to en­joy his fi­nal sea­son… and hope­fully many years be­yond rac­ing. So my an­swer is sim­ple. It’s not worth the risk of his health.”

With Earn­hardt’s his­tory of con­cus­sions, it’s con­cern­ing to see him put in dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions that could be avoided. Amy ex­plained on a pod­cast ear­lier this month that the cou­ple “got into an ar­gu­ment” about it be­cause he’d be very re­cently re­tired.

“So, if you get an in­vi­ta­tion in the mail, it’s nice, right? If you get an in­vi­ta­tion to a wed­ding or a party, you’re like, ‘Oh, cool. Some­body thought to in­clude me,’ ” Earn­hardt ex­plained about want­ing to drive in The Clash on his pod­cast. “And that’s kind of like what get­ting the pole and get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to run The Clash is like. It’s like get­ting an in­vi­ta­tion. You may not want to go to the party, but you’re up­set if you don’t get the in­vi­ta­tion.”

Steel­ers rage

A man so drunk and an­gry over a Pitts­burgh Steel­ers loss that he al­most hit his 4-year-old daugh­ter with a fold­ing chair will spend three years on pro­ba­tion.

The Greens­burg (Pa.) Tri­buneRe­view re­ported that 55-year-old Arnold Palmer Jr. pleaded guilty Wednes­day to sim­ple as­sault. West­more­land County pros­e­cu­tors dropped more se­ri­ous ag­gra­vated as­sault charges against the Ligo­nier man, who is not re­lated to Arnold Palmer, the late fa­mous golfer.

Po­lice say Palmer ac­knowl­edged drink­ing 16 beers and get­ting mad be­cause the girl wouldn’t quiet down dur­ing Pitts­burgh’s 21-14 loss to the Bal­ti­more Ravens on Nov. 6. Po­lice say Palmer avoided hit­ting the girl only be­cause his wife grabbed the chair.

De­fense at­tor­ney Eric Dee said the cou­ple are cur­rently sep­a­rated. Palmer also must un­dergo al­co­hol treat­ment and take anger man­age­ment and par­ent­ing cour­ses.

Job search

Detroit Lions de­fen­sive end Ar­monty Bryant has been sus­pended four games for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL sub­stance abuse pol­icy — the sus­pen­sion is his third since the start of the 2016 sea­son.

“Bryant had three sacks last sea­son,” wrote Jan­ice Hough of left­coast­sports­babe.com. “When you have as many sus­pen­sions as sacks, it might be time to find a new line of work?”

AP/CHARLES KRUPA

Dale Earn­hardt Jr. said he would con­sider re­turn­ing to race at Day­tona af­ter he re­tires at the end of this sea­son, but his wife, Amy, has a dif­fer­ent opin­ion on the mat­ter.

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