Hendrick Motor Sports has announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not return to the #88 Chevrolet this season.

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In the statement released, Earnhardt Jr. said:

 “To say I’m disappointed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career. I’m 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me. They’re seeing good progress in my test results, and I’m feeling that progress physically. I plan to be healthy and ready to compete at Daytona in February. I’m working toward that.”


Jeff Gordon and Alex Bowman will continue to fill in for Earnhardt for the remainder of the season.

Hendricks also released this schedule for the #88 Chevrolet:

Sept. 4, Darlington Raceway – Jeff Gordon*

Sept. 10, Richmond International Raceway – Jeff Gordon

Sept. 18, Chicagoland Speedway – Alex Bowman

Sept. 25, New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Alex Bowman

Oct. 2, Dover International Speedway – Jeff Gordon

Oct. 8, Charlotte Motor Speedway – Alex Bowman

Oct. 16, Kansas Speedway – Alex Bowman

Oct. 23, Talladega Superspeedway – Alex Bowman

Oct. 30, Martinsville Speedway – Jeff Gordon

Nov. 6, Texas Motor Speedway – Alex Bowman

Nov. 13, Phoenix International Raceway – Alex Bowman

Nov. 20, Homestead-Miami Speedway – Alex Bowman