Just announced today …. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the rest of the Sprint Cup season. Dale has missed the past 6 races due to a concussion that his doctors think he got when he had a crash June 12th in Michigan. Dale has been going to the doc regularly for issues related to balance and trying to focus on things that are far away while moving his head.
Dale told ESPN…
“I wish I could return to the No. 88 team this season. 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. The support from both inside and outside the race team has been overwhelming. Everyone has been so encouraging and positive, from my teammates and sponsors to my family, friends and fans. It’s motivating and humbling at the same time.”
Jeff Gordon will be driving for Dale this weekend in Darlington and Alex Bowman will continue to fill in for the last 12 races on the Sprint Cup Schedule.
For the rest of the season… it will go like this…. Gordon will be behind the wheel of the No. 88 for races at Richmond (Sept. 10), Dover (Oct. 2) and Martinsville (Oct. 30). Bowman will drive at Chicagoland (Sept. 18),New Hampshire (Sept. 25), Charlotte (Oct. 8), Kansas (Oct. 16), Talladega (Oct. 23), Texas (Nov. 6), Phoenix (Nov. 13) and the series finale …HERE IN OUR TOWN…. Homestead (Nov. 20).
Keepin’ Dale in our thoughts and prayers. Lookin’ forward to seeing him back on the track. : )