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Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "I want to race. I'm not ready to quit."

  • File-This July 1, 2016, file photo shows Dale Earnhardt Jr. watching the leader-board during qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt Jr. says his concussion-like symptoms haven't changed and his return to NASCAR doesn't appear imminent. NASCAR's most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race Sunday because he suffers from symptoms of a concussion. Earnhardt tweeted Saturday, July 30, 2016, there was no change in his condition.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    File-This July 1, 2016, file photo shows Dale Earnhardt Jr. watching the leader-board during qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt Jr. says his concussion-like symptoms haven't changed and his return to NASCAR doesn't appear imminent. NASCAR's most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race Sunday because he suffers from symptoms of a concussion. Earnhardt tweeted Saturday, July 30, 2016, there was no change in his condition. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. listens to a question about his concussion while addressing the media at Watkins Glen International racetrack during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Jeff Gordon came out of retirement to fill in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. listens to a question about his concussion while addressing the media at Watkins Glen International racetrack during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Jeff Gordon came out of retirement to fill in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiles as he listens to a question about his concussion while addressing the media at Watkins Glen International racetrack during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Jeff Gordon came out of retirement to fill in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. smiles as he listens to a question about his concussion while addressing the media at Watkins Glen International racetrack during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Jeff Gordon came out of retirement to fill in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

In his first public appearance since suffering a concussion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he's not ready to stop racing.

Speaking at Watkins Glen International on Friday, where the Sprint Cup Series races on Sunday, NASCAR's most popular driver said "I'm not ready to quit."

Earnhardt, who skipped the previous three Cup races while he recovers, has been keeping fans updated on his condition via weekly podcasts and said he plans to continue doing that.

Earnhardt gave no timetable for his return, leaving that decision to his doctors, who told him his latest injury occurred June 12 at Michigan International Speedway. He underwent further evaluation Monday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program and said he continues to experience issues with balance and an ability to focus on an object while he moves his head.

He won't drive at Watkins Glen on Sunday and also will miss the race at Bristol on Aug. 20.

Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon, who came out of retirement to fill in for Earnhardt the last two races, will remain behind the wheel in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.