Dale Earnhardt Jr. thinks Jeff Gordon will race at Martinsville again

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Jeff Gordon finished sixth at Martinsville Speedway in his final race filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

According to Gordon, it was probably his final Sprint Cup race ever, but he also noted “never say never.”

On Dirty Mo Radio's “Dale Jr. Download” Monday afternoon, Earnhardt explained why he feels Sunday might not have been Gordon’s final race, at least at Martinsville, considering NASCAR’s oldest active track will install LED lights in time for the 2017 season.

“I doubt it’s Jeff Gordon’s last race,” said Earnhardt. “He’ll probably have to come out of retirement to race at Martinsville if they ever race under the lights there in the next couple years. You know he’d love to try that.”

Of course, the schedule is set for Martinsville to hold a pair of day Sprint Cup races next year, but who knows what the future holds beyond that.

Earnhardt also went on to mention just how thankful he was for Gordon stepping up to sub for him this season.

“He did a great job for Greg Ives (crew chief) and the whole crew,” said Earnhardt. “When they needed a guy to come in there to get the job done, he was there.”

NASCAR’s most popular driver also expressed his excitement for teammate Jimmie Johnson, who won his ninth race at Martinsville Speedway to advance to the Championship 4 in the Chase and compete for a record-tying seventh title.

“I know he’s pretty excited about this opportunity,” Earnhardt added. “He’s been talking about it for a couple years. Being able to tie my father and Richard Petty in number of championships is something he’s always dreamed about ever since he got within a few titles with those guys. I’ll be in Homestead cheering him on.”