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Jeff Gordon replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Indianapolis, Pocono

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Jeff Gordon is going back to where he belongs. He will return to the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Gordon will take the place of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in car No. 88 for Hendrick Motorsports at the Brickyard 400. Earnhardt Jr. is still dealing with concussion-like symptoms and will miss at least two more races. Gordon will also fill in for the injured Earnhardt Jr. at Pocono.

“Our focus is giving Dale all the time he needs to recover,” Rick Hendrick said in a statement. “There’s nothing we want more than to see him back in the race car, but we’ll continue to listen to the doctors and follow their lead. What’s best for Dale is what’s best for Hendrick Motorsports and everyone involved with the team. We’re all proud of him and looking forward to having him racing soon.”

Gordon left his No. 24 car at the end of the 2015 racing season, but left open the opportunity to race again.

The 44-year-old, who is now an analyst at FOX Sports, has five wins at Indianapolis, which many people consider his hometown track. Gordon and his family moved to Indiana when he was a teenager.

Gordon won the first-ever Brickyard 400 in 1994. He was also victorious in 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2014. His five Brickyard 400 victories are the most ever.

Earnhardt Jr. has never won the Brickyard 400, but his late father was a winner on the Indianapolis track in 1995.

Jeff Gordon replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Indianapolis, Pocono
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