Amazing! Jeff Gordon is coming back to Sprint Cup racing, as he will be filling in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.. Keep reading to learn what’s wrong with Dale and why Jeff was chosen to fill in for the superstar racer.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 41, has been experiencing, “concussion-type symptoms,” says a report by ESPN released on July 20th, and so Jeff Gordon, 44, has accepted the role as Dale’s replacement for at least the next two races. Dale will not race on July 24th’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and he will also sit out the following race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania on July 31.
Race fans everywhere are sure to have mixed emotions about this unprecedented move by Dale’s team. Fans of Jeff may be elated to see the champion return to the track while fans of Dale’s may be devastated to see their hero forced to stay in the pits and watch from the sidelines. Dale discussed his symptoms on his podcast explaining that he was dealing with problems with his balance and nausea, according to the ESPN report. Dale is a fierce competitor but after two nasty wrecks, one on June 12th in Michigan and another on July 2 at Daytona, it was surely a difficult decision to stand down from his role behind the wheel.
Jeff was the obvious choice to replace Dale. Jeff owns Indianapolis. Jeff he has won five times at the Motor Speedway and is a decorated NASCAR champion. He is a fan-favorite and his return will certainly drive ratings of the next two races through the roof. We know we will be watching! When Jeff has two good finishes, possibly two wins, it may be tough for him to go back to retirement. We will keep our fingers crossed for his permanent return to the races!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of this exciting move? Are you happy to see Jeff coming out of retirement or are you more sad that Dale is dealing with health issues? Let us know what you think of this driver switch-up and tell us who you will be rooting for on race day!