Dale Jr. sidelined
He will be replaced this weekend in the No. 88 at Darlington Raceway by four-time series champ Jeff Gordon.
"We know how hard Dale is working to get back," team owner Rick 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."
Earnhardt has been sidelined by concussion-related symptoms for the last six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The two-time Daytona 500 winner has been keeping fans updated on his progress in recent weeks via social media and "The Dale Jr. Download" on Dirty Mo Radio.
Gordon, interim driver of the No. 88 for four races, is a seven-time winner at Darlington and will pilot the retro No. 88 Chevrolet, which honors the "Gray Ghost" paint scheme of Buddy Baker.