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Earnhardt to miss 2+ more races because of concussion

  • File-This July 1, 2016, file photo shows Dale Earnhardt Jr. watching the leader-board during qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt Jr. says his concussion-like symptoms haven't changed and his return to NASCAR doesn't appear imminent. NASCAR's most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race Sunday because he suffers from symptoms of a concussion. Earnhardt tweeted Saturday, July 30, 2016, there was no change in his condition.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    File-This July 1, 2016, file photo shows Dale Earnhardt Jr. watching the leader-board during qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt Jr. says his concussion-like symptoms haven't changed and his return to NASCAR doesn't appear imminent. NASCAR's most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race Sunday because he suffers from symptoms of a concussion. Earnhardt tweeted Saturday, July 30, 2016, there was no change in his condition. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • File-This July 1, 2016, file photo shows Dale Earnhardt Jr. watching the leader-board during qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt Jr. says his concussion-like symptoms haven't changed and his return to NASCAR doesn't appear imminent. NASCAR's most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race Sunday because he suffers from symptoms of a concussion. Earnhardt tweeted Saturday, July 30, 2016, there was no change in his condition.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    File-This July 1, 2016, file photo shows Dale Earnhardt Jr. watching the leader-board during qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt Jr. says his concussion-like symptoms haven't changed and his return to NASCAR doesn't appear imminent. NASCAR's most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race Sunday because he suffers from symptoms of a concussion. Earnhardt tweeted Saturday, July 30, 2016, there was no change in his condition. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)  (The Associated Press)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least two more races while he recovers from a concussion.

Earnhardt, who skipped the last three races, will sit out at Watkins Glen International on Sunday and at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 20. Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon will replace Earnhardt behind the wheel in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

The team made the announcement Monday, saying Earnhardt hasn't been cleared to race.

Earnhardt underwent further evaluation Monday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. The driver said on his weekly podcast that he continues to experience issues with balance and gaze stabilization.

Gordon subbed for Earnhardt at Indianapolis and Pocono, finishing 13th and 27th. His next start will be the 800th of his Cup career.