Jeff Gordon Returning as Earnhardt Jr’s Fill In for Indy and Pocono

Jeff Gordon Returning as Earnhardt Jr’s Fill In for Indy and Pocono

by July 20, 2016 0 comments

NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon is coming out of retirement this weekend, filling in for the sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr. for this weekend’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and next weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway.

Earnhardt Jr. sat out of last weekend’s New Hampshire 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as a precautionary measure after experiencing concussion-like symptoms during the Kentucky race weekend two weeks ago.

The 26-time race winner was replaced in the No. 88 Chevrolet by Alex Bowman, who recorded a 26th-place finish.

The team of physicians that has been assisting Earnhardt Jr., who stated this past week he has been experiencing balance issues along with nausea, recommended that the Mooresville, N.C. native sit out of the next two weeks of competition.

Hendrick Motorsports’s owner, Rick Hendrick, fully supports the decision made by Earnhardt Jr’s physicians, placing priority on the health of his driver.

“Our focus is giving Dale all the time he needs to recover,” Hendrick stated in a press release. “There’s nothing we want more than to see him back in the race car, but we’ll continue to listen to the doctors and follow their lead. What’s best for Dale is what’s best for Hendrick Motorsports and everyone involved with the team. We’re all proud of him and looking forward to having him racing soon.”

Now a color commentator for FOX Sports’s televised NASCAR coverage, Gordon will return to Indianapolis and Pocono as a respective five and six-time race winner at each track.

With his return to the Sprint Cup Series as a driver for the next two weekends, the 44-year-old Gordon will make his 798 and 799th respective starts in NASCAR’s premier touring division.

Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at Indianapolis will feature a 3:00 p.m ET start time. Live coverage will be provided by NBCSN for television and IMS Radio and Sirius XM Radio Channel 90 for radio.

Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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