Austin Dillon to drive Stewart’s No. 14 at Michigan

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NASCAR Nationwide Series championship leader Austin Dillon will take over the injured Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet for the Pure Michigan 400 this coming weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

In addition to his full-time NNS duties with Richard Childress Racing, Dillon has competed in seven Sprint Cup races this season. His most recent one was the Brickyard 400, in which he finished 26th.

Dillon will be the second different driver to fill in for Stewart as he recovers from breaking his right tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash last Monday night in Iowa.

SHR announced yesterday that the three-time Cup champion had been released from the hospital. Open-wheel and sports car veteran Max Papis finished 15th in Stewart’s car on the road course at Watkins Glen International.

“I’ve watched Austin for many years and at each stage of his racing career he’s been successful,” Stewart said in an SHR team 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 [Camping World] 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 Mobil 1 and Bass Pro Shops throughout the race weekend.”

The statement also said that SHR has not yet determined an interim driver for the No. 14 car at the Aug. 24 event at Bristol Motor Speedway.