Jeff Gordon to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. for at least 2 races

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races as he continues to battle concussion-like symptoms, Hendrick Motorsports confirmed Wednesday morning.

Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet, has not been medically cleared by physicians to compete in at least the next two Sprint Cup Series events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Sunday and at Pocono Raceway on July 31.

Four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon will be the team's substitute driver at Indianapolis and Pocono. He most recently raced in the 2015 Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway before retiring from full-time Sprint Cup driving at the end of last season, and now works as a NASCAR television analyst for FOX Sports.

Earnhardt underwent further evaluation Tuesday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. The driver said this week on his "The Dale Jr. Download" podcast that he has been experiencing issues with balance and nausea.

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