Jeff Gordon has sat-in for an injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, however due to prior commitments, the racing legend won’t be back behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet at Michigan this weekend.
Speaking to reporters at Bristol Motor Speedway, Gordon revealed he had a prior commitment that will keep him out of the racecar next weekend. The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has filled in for Earnhardt in the No. 88 car since Earnhardt was sidelined with concussion like symptoms last month.
A Hendrick Motorsports spokesperson confirmed to FOX Sports that if Earnhardt is not yet cleared to race on Sunday, Alex Bowman will fill in for him. Bowman drove the No. 88 car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17th, the first race Earnhardt sat out, but was replaced by Gordon for the following round at Indianapolis.
Gordon, who retired from full-time Sprint Cup Racing following the 2015 season, turned in a strong performance at Bristol Sunday, bringing the No. 88 Chevrolet home in 11th place.