Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, who retired after last season and has been working for Fox Sports as a commentator on racing broadcasts, may be back in the driver’s seat soon — but his fate depends on what happens with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The AP reports that Earnhardt pulled out of this weekend’s race in Loudon, N.H., and may be sidelined longer. He’s reportedly suffering from concussion-like symptoms after a series of wrecks last month at Michigan International Speedway.
If Earnhardt isn’t cleared to race in time for the upcoming Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis, Gordon — a five-time winner of the race — is expected to take over Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports Chevy for the July 24 race.
“Earnhardt will sit out Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and there is no timetable on when NASCAR’s most popular driver might return,” the AP notes. “While retirement talk for the 41-year-old Earnhardt might be premature, his history of concussions could accelerate the process on when he decides to hang up the helmet.”