Dale Earnhardt Jr. Out For Next Two Races As Concussion Recovery Continues

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is continuing to follow his doctors’ orders, and they’re telling him not to hop back in a NASCAR stock car for a while.

Earnhardt will miss Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, as well as the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday. The 41-year-old hasn’t raced since July 9 due to a concussion, and has said his recovery is going to take a little bit longer than originally thought.

Earnhardt is still working on his balance and continues to provide fans with updates on his condition, which team owner Rick Hendrick said he appreciates.

“We know how hard Dale is working to get back,” Hendrick said in a press release. “He’s following what the doctors are saying, to the letter, and doing exactly what he needs to do. Everyone wants to see him in a race car, but his health is first and foremost. We’re behind him.”

Alex Bowman, who ran great in the No. 88 car in Earnhardt’s absence at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, will be the substitute driver again at MIS.

Jeff Gordon, meanwhile, will be behind the wheel at Darlington, where he leads all active drivers with seven wins.

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