As you probably know by now, Austin Dillon will not only be looking to keep his NASCAR Nationwide Series points lead at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but also drive for the injured Tony Stewart in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
But while he’s the highest-profile driver carrying out “double duty” this weekend, he’s not the only one. Road-racing phenom Marcos Ambrose (pictured) and former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will also be commuting between Mid-Ohio and Michigan.
Ambrose, who is coming off what was an ultimately disappointing day at Watkins Glen, will practice at Mid-Ohio on Thursday and then head to Michigan on Friday to practice and qualify for the Cup event. He’ll then practice on Saturday and fly back to Ohio in time for the start of the NNS’ Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200.
While he takes care of his business in Michigan, Richard Petty Motorsports development driver Ryan Truex will step into his NNS ride on Friday and Saturday for practice and qualifying – working to help find Ambrose a solid set-up for Mid-Ohio’s demanding layout.
As for Bayne, he’ll transition between his full-time NNS ride with Roush Fenway Racing at Mid-Ohio and his part-time Cup ride with Wood Brothers Racing at Michigan.
In a special note, Bayne will be one of 10 drivers in the Mid-Ohio field that will feature, on their cars, the face and name of a patient “champion” that is undergoing treatment at the Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the most renowned of its kind in the country.