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Earnhardt Jr. Still A No-Go; Gordon To Drive At The Glen and Bristol

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, August 2 2016
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least two more Cup races because of concussion-like symptons. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least two more Cup races because of concussion-like symptons. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

Jeff Gordon will be back in the driver’s seat of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend at the Watkins Glen road course as regular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared by doctors to return to his Sprint Cup job.

Earnhardt, the team announced, will also miss the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 20.

According to Hendrick, Earnhardt underwent further evaluation Tuesday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Earnhardt said Monday that he is still having balance problems and gaze stabilization issues..

“We have a break in the schedule after Watkins Glen, so the extra week of recovery time will certainly be a benefit,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports in a statement released on Tuesday. “Dale will be back when he’s ready, and we’re looking forward to that happening, but the priority continues to be his health and well-being. We’ll keep our focus on that and let the doctors guide us.”

Gordon will make his 800th career NASCAR Cup start at the Glen and will also be at the wheel at Bristol.

The four-time Cup champ is NASCAR’s all-time leader with nine road course victories, including four at Watkins Glen. He has five wins at Bristol, has made all 799 of his career Cup starts while driving for car owner Hendrick.

Gordon, who will turn 45 on Thursday, also filled in for Earnhardt on July 24 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Aug. 1 at Pocono Raceway. Alex Bowman drove for the No. 88 team July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, August 2 2016
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