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Jeff Gordon says he’s not a candidate to replace Tony Stewart

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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 04: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon accepts the Bill France Award of Excellence during the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards show at Wynn Las Vegas on December 4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Jeff Gordon told Fox Sports that he’s not coming out of retirement to be a substitute driver for Tony Stewart.

“There’s obviously a lot of things and scenarios that they (Stewart-Haas Racing management) have been running through, but that’s not an option,” Gordon said.

Gordon, now an analyst for Fox, was among the group with Stewart at the Glamis Dunes on Sunday when Stewart suffered a burst fracture in his L1 vertebra from a dune buggy accident. Gordon had invited Stewart to the dunes.

The four-time Sprint Cup champion said that if he wasn’t working in the Fox booth analyzing Sprint Cup races, he would step into Stewart’s seat.

On Thursday, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton let it be known they weren’t coming out of retirement to take over the seat.

No timetable has been set for Stewart’s return. The three-time champion announced his retirement following this season late in the 2015 season.

“I don’t know how long it will take, but there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be back in a race car,” Gordon said.

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