It’s official: Jeff Gordon is coming out of retirement.

For now.

Gordon, the legendary four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion who retired following the 2015 season, will temporarily return to the driver’s seat for the Brickyard 400 on Sunday. Gordon will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the #88 Chevrolet as Earnhardt continues his recovery from concussion-like symptoms. Hendrick Motorsports says Earnhardt will also miss the July 31 race at Pocono.

Gordon’s decision to put retirement on temporary hold helps out his former boss. He spent his entire 23-year Sprint Cup career racing with Rick Hendrick Motorsports in his famous #24 car. Don’t be surprised if Gordon opts to help out by racing at the Pocono event as well.

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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.