Kannapolis, NC (Sports Network) - Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Monday that
Austin Dillon will substitute for the injured Tony Stewart in the No. 14
Chevrolet this coming weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
Stewart, the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion, is sidelined indefinitely
after suffering a broken right leg in a crash during a sprint car race one
week ago at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The 42-year-old Stewart
was released from a North Carolina hospital on Sunday following surgery to
repair his fractured tibia and fibula. A metal rod was placed inside his
tibia, pressing it to its atomic position.
SHR said in its news release that no timetable has been established for
Stewart's return to competition.
Max Papis drove Stewart's car to a 15-place finish in Sunday's Sprint Cup race
at Watkins Glen International. After missing his first event, Stewart fell
from 11th to 17th in the point standings.
Dillon is the 23-year-old grandson of NASCAR multi-team owner Richard
Childress and the current points leader in the Nationwide Series. He has nine
Sprint Cup starts, including two at Michigan. He finished 11th there two
months ago. Nationwide is running its final road course race of the season
this Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 400-mile Sprint Cup event at
Michigan is scheduled for Sunday.
Last month, Dillon won the inaugural Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora
Speedway, a half-mile dirt track that is owned by Stewart. Dillon is the 2011
"I've watched Austin for many years, and at each stage of his racing career,
he's been successful," Stewart said in a statement. "He's proven to be a very
fast learner, and he's able to adapt quickly. Being the youngest champion in
the history of the Truck Series is proof of that. His background in dirt
racing is an asset, and off the track, we share many of the same interests,
specifically hunting and fishing.
"I know he'll perform well at Michigan, and I'm just as confident in his
ability to properly represent (No. 14 team sponsors) Mobil 1 and Bass Pro
Shops throughout the race weekend."
SHR has not determined who the interim driver of the No. 14 car will be
for the Aug. 24 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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