NSCS: Earnhardt Jr. To Miss Two More Cup Races; Gordon & Bowman To Substitute

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two Sprint Cup races as he continues to recover from a concussion. (NKP/Nigel Kinrade photo)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two Sprint Cup races as he continues to recover from a concussion. (NKP/Nigel Kinrade photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – Once again, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will continue to sit out of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition as he continues to recover from a concussion sustained at Michigan International Speedway in June.

Earnhardt has not been cleared by doctors and will miss races at Michigan (Aug. 28) and Darlington Raceway (Sept. 4).

His last event in competition was at Kentucky Speedway on July 9.

“We know how hard Dale is working to get back,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “He’s following what the doctors are saying, to the letter, and doing exactly what he needs to do. Everyone wants to see him in a race car, but his health is first and foremost. We’re behind him.”

Alex Bowman, who drove the No. 88 Chevrolet in Earnhardt’s absence July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, will be the team’s substitute driver this weekend at Michigan. He has four career Sprint Cup starts at the track.

Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will return to the No. 88 team at Darlington, where his seven wins lead all active drivers. Gordon has driven the last four races for Earnhardt — at Indianapolis, Pocono, Watkins Glen and Bristol.

CREDIT: Hendrick Motorsports

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