In this photo provided by the NHRA, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, talks with NHRA Funny Car driver Ron Capps at the NHRA Carolina Nationals drag races in Concord, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Earnhardt is sitting out the remainder of the NASCAR season due to concussion-llke systems. (Marc Gewertz/NHRA via AP)
DOVER, Del. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. watched his ol' No. 88 Chevy roll onto pit road and felt a tinge of melancholy knowing Jeff Gordon would slide into the seat.
Earnhardt was back at a NASCAR track, yet far removed from a NASCAR comeback.
"It's hard not to climb in the car before Jeff does," he said.