Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., speaks to the media during a press conference at Martinsville Speedway Friday, April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Va. Earnhardt Jr. mes with reporters days after announcing via Twitter that he will donate his brain to concussion research. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Team owner Hendrick hopeful Earnhardt returns at Brickyard

Earnhardt sat out Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway because he was not cleared to race. Alex Bowman drove the No. 88 Chevrolet o…