By AMANDA VINCENT
According to a story on NASCAR.com, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and NASCAR on FOX broadcaster Jeff Gordon may come out of retirement to fill-in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. behind the wheel of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, should Earnhardt not be able to compete in the Brickyard 400, scheduled for July 24 at IMS. According to the NASCAR.com article, “Hendrick Motorsports indicated” the news. Gordon retired from full-time Sprint Cup Series competition at the end of the 2015 season.
Earnhardt is sitting out Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon because of concussion-like symptoms that he has been experiencing since before the July 9 race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Earnhardt attributed the symptoms to recent crashes at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
Although already experiencing symptoms prior to the Kentucky race, Earnhardt competed in the Quaker State 400 there, thinking his symptoms were the result of allergies or a sinus issue and was treating them as such under the direction of his family doctor. He has since undergone further examination, though, and a doctor’s recommendation sidelined him for Sunday’s race at NHMS.
Alex Bowman will drive the No. 88 car at New Hampshire.
Hendrick Motorsports, in its announcement on Thursday pertaining to Earnhardt’s absence for the New Hampshire race, stated that an announcement regarding whether or not Earnhardt will race at Indianapolis will be made sometime next week.
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