NASCAR Cup: Dale Jr. plans to attend Dover races
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By AMANDA VINCENT
Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced during his Dale Jr. Download podcast on Monday that he would be in attendance this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway for both the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup series races at the track.
“It’s going to be different and tough and maybe not a ton of fun,” Earnhardt said. “It’s a bit weird to not be in the car but at the track. When you’re ea driver, you don’t know what to do with yourself. I’ll try to support the guys and learn a thing or two. Excited to see how Jeff does; he usually runs great at Dover. It’s going to be different. We’ll see how it goes.”
Jeff Gordon will be in the driver’s seat Earnhardt had to give up in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday. Earnhardt has been sidelined by a concussion and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season. Earnhardt also owns three cars that will compete in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Dover.
Earnhardt said that he’d watch both races atop pit boxes. For the Xfinity race, he’ll have the choice of the pit boxes of the No. 1 Chevrolet of Elliott Sadler, the No. 7 Chevrolet of Justin Allgaier, or the No. 88 Chevrolet that has had several drivers behind the wheel but will be driven by Alex Bowman at DIS.
The Dover races will be the first attended by Earnhardt since the diagnosis of his concussion. He was in attendance for press conferences at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and Darlington (S.C.) Racway, but he left those tracks before those weekends’ races.
During his podcast, Earnhardt also said that his condition is improving, that his vision problems relating to the concussion have mostly subsided and rehabilitation exercises designed to provoke symptoms no longer do so.
“It’s getting better,” Earnhardt said.