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Earnhardt Jr. to Sit Out Rest of 2016 NASCAR Season


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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not return to competition during the remainder of the 2016 season as he continues to recover from concussion-like symptoms.

Hendrick Motorsports officials made the announcement Friday morning.

The announcement also stated that Alex Bowman and four-time series champ Jeff Gordon would split time in the #88 Chevrolet for the remaining 12 races of the season. Gordon is scheduled to drive the #88 as Earnhardt’s replacement this weekend at Darlington Raceway.

“I wish I could return to the #88 team this season,” Earnhardt said in a release provided by the team. “To say I’m disappointed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career. I’m 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me. They’re seeing good progress in my test results, and I’m feeling that progress physically. I plan to be healthy and ready to compete at Daytona in February. I’m working toward that.”


A crash at Michigan International Speedway in June is believed to be the cause of Earnhardt’s injury. He has missed the last six Sprint Cup Series races with lingering concussion-like symptoms. 

You can read the full report here.

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