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

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Jeff Gordon (left) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26, 2013. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. out, the recently-retired Jeff Gordon back in.

Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon is slated to come out of retirement and compete for the first time this year on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Dale Jr.’s substitute driver.

Dale Jr., who was initially sidelined and missed the Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire on July 17 with the concussion-like symptoms, is expected to miss at least two more races as he has yet to clear the concussion test, according to

Gordon will also sub for Earnhardt Jr. during the July 31 race at Pocono.

“Jeff’s a team player,” longtime car owner Rick Hendrick said in a team statement, according to “I know he’ll be ready, and I know Dale has incredible trust in him. It’s going to be an emotional weekend (at Indianapolis) with Dale not being there and seeing Jeff back behind the wheel.”

He initially retired after the 2015 Sprint Cup season finale.