Dale Earnhardt Jr. clocked in 2/100ths of a second slower than teammate Chase Elliott and will line up on the outside of the front row for next Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will steer more than just the No. 88 Chevrolet this season as the NASCAR Cup Series cranks up this week.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a three-year average finish of 3.8 at Pocono Raceway, which makes this the third-best driver/track combination during that span among all active drivers with more than two starts.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. sustained crash damage in both Daytona International Speedway races last year and hopes to erase those results from his fans’ memories.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has recorded 48 top-10s during the past three years, which puts him ninth on the leaderboard despite missing 18 races in 2016.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on pace to make the Chase with top-15 finishes in .722 percent of the first 18 starts in 2016.
Following a test session Wednesday afternoon at Darlington Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been medically cleared to resume NASCAR competition after making a full recovery from a concussion.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the remainder of the 2016 season with Alex Bowman and Jeff Gordon to substitute for the remaining 12 races, according to NBC Sports’ Dustin Long. Gordon will race four more times including this week’s Bojangles' Southern 500; Bowman will take over for the remainder of the season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, at least. Alex Bowman will substitute at Michigan International Speedway. Jeff Gordon will climb back behind the wheel at Darlington Raceway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has now missed four races in 2016, which has dropped him to 21st in the standings. With a 169-point advantage over 31st in the standings, he will probably not fall out of the top 30 in points if he returns during the regular season but he needs a victory in order to be championship eligible.
In a televised press conference before the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, Dale Earnhardt Jr. told reporters that he remains unclear on when he will return to the track. A final evaluation will not be made until he is symptom-free and according to his doctors that is impossible to predict.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least the next two races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series due to a concussion and will be replaced behind the wheel by Jeff Gordon, according to reports at NBC Sports.
During his weekly podcast earlier this week, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave his fans an update on his health. "This process is going to take a little bit longer," he said—strongly suggesting he will not return to the cockpit next week. No announcement has been made about his replacement.
Hendrick Motorsports made their official announcement Wednesday morning. Jeff Gordon will replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. for at least the next two races beginning with the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard. Earnhardt has not been cleared by physicians to compete.