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Danica Patrick says she has gotten numerous concussions during her career

The head injury issue has mostly focused on contact sports like football and hockey, but NASCAR driver Danica Patrick said it has affected her sport, as well, and it has made drivers think more about the consequences of their career after Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Late February is always busy down in Daytona, as Speed Weeks culminates in the running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, kicking off the 2017 NASCAR season. He has won the Daytona 500 twice (2004 and 2014) and has finished in the top-five in the standings multiple times, with the last one being a fifth place finish in 2013. Reigning Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg stunned the motorsports world at the end of last season when he won his first - and only - title, then announced his immediate retirement.

After crashing at Darlington last December, Earnhardt later said that he knew of at least four concussions he'd suffered in his career-maybe more-and followed his doctor's advice to sit out the rest of the season because of the debilitating concussion symptoms.

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Earnhardt Jr.is making his return to the Cup Series in 2017 after missing the second half of 2016 because of concussions sustained over the summer. He will start Sunday on the outside of the front row beside his Hendrick teammate Chase Elliott.

"If I win the championship, I'd have to consider going out on top", Junior said on stage during Wednesday's Media Day.

The 42-year-old Earnhardt has 26 Cup victories to his credit. Earnhardt is now in the final year of his contract with Hendrick Motorsports.

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"It makes you pay attention to yourself, and there's nothing better than having somebody like Dale Jr. going as far as getting out of the vehicle as long as he did, saying, 'Hey, I have a problem, ' because it makes it more available to everyone else". It just really depends on a lot of different things. He said Wednesday that it's actually a serious thought.

"There's a few races I'd like to win", he said.

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