Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss remainder of the 2016 NASCAR season

WATKINS GLEN, NY - (Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

WATKINS GLEN, NY - (Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

CONCORD, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR season as he continues to recover from a concussion, Hendrick Motorsports said in a statement Friday morning.

Earnhardt has missed the last six Sprint Cup races while undergoing treatment. He has been regularly evaluated at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program under the direction of Dr. Micky Collins and with Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty.

“I wish I could return to the No. 88 team this season,” Earnhardt said. “To say I’m disappointed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career. I’m 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me. They’re seeing good progress in my test results, and I’m feeling that progress physically. I plan to be healthy and ready to compete at Daytona in February. I’m working toward that.”

Drivers Jeff Gordon and Alex Bowman will fill in for No. 88.