Another week and another drama in NASCAR. This one, however, is bigger than most. It could win the award for drama of the year in 2016 in NASCAR. But these appears to be happening. And it is going to be a game changer.
According to reports, any NASCAR fan who had been off the grid for the last day and decided to check back in with the news.
What could possibly have happened in the middle of the week? Well …
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out with concussion-like symptoms for this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. And if he’s still out next week, Jeff Gordon will come out of retirement to replace him at the Brickyard 400.
That’s been pretty much everyone’s reaction to the NASCAR news that suddenly has more twists and turns than Watkins Glen’s road course. No one suspected Earnhardt was injured, and it’s highly unlikely many people would have guessed Gordon – who retired after the 2015 season with four Cup titles and 93 wins at Hendrick in the No. 24 – could potentially drive the No. 88 car next week.
Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt said a decision would need to be made by Wednesday to allow enough time to prepare the car for Gordon. Earnhardt must be cleared by a neurologist before he climbs back into the car, but it’s reasonable to assume Hendrick knows there’s a possibility Earnhardt won’t be back in time for Indianapolis. Otherwise, the team wouldn’t have contacted Gordon, who is in France on vacation.