Earnhardt Will Have Different Spotter

Dale Jr.

Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have a different spotter this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. (Photo: Getty Images)

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have a different spotter this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

Earnhardt tweeted that spotter T.J. Majors will miss this weekend because of “personal reasons” and that Majors “Will be back ASAP. Will miss ya buddy. #getwell.’’

Earnhardt said Friday that intestinal issues sidelined Majors, sending him to the hospital earlier this week. Majors is back home, Earnhardt said.

Bill Elliott will spot for Earnhardt in today’s practice session.

“How often do you get Bill Elliott and Dale Jr. on the same radio?’’ crew chief Steve Letarte said.

Letarte said he might spot for Earnhardt during Friday’s qualifying session. If so, Letarte would have to be in the spotter’s stand instead of on pit road. Letarte said he might spot qualifying to have a better perspective and understanding of the new qualifying format. Indications later were that Elliott would spot for qualifying.

Elliott will spot for Earnhardt for Saturday’s practice sessions although rain is scheduled most of Saturday.

For the race, Jeff Dickerson will spot for Earnhardt. Dickerson, who formerly spotted for Jeff Gordon, filled in last year for Majors when he was out because of sickness. 

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