Daytona 500

Earnhardt returns to Dover to support Hendrick teammates

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.

Without a ride, Earnhardt instead took a temporary spot as NASCAR's most popular crew member. He wore a hoodie and a hat instead of a firesuit as he made one of his few public appearances at a track since his season ended in July because of a concussion. Earnhardt posed for selfies with fans and seemed in good spirits watching practice from the pit box on Saturday at Dover...