Tony Stewart has started 521 consecutive Sprint Cup races.(Photo: Matthew O'Haren, USA TODAY Sports)
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is out for the rest of the season, after suffering a broken right tibia and fibula in a sprint car crash on August 5.
In the meantime, Mark Martin will drive Stewart's No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Aug. 23-24 at this week's race in Bristol and in 11 other races.
Austin Dillon, the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion who filled in for Stewart this past weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn will drive Stewart's car at Talladega.
"After consulting with Tony's doctors and speaking with Tony, we agreed it was best for him to focus on his recovery," said Greg Zipadelli, competition director, SHR. "For the No. 14 team, our focus is on positioning them for a run at the owner championship. Mark Martin and Austin Dillon give us the best opportunity to do that, and we certainly appreciate Michael Waltrip Racing and Richard Childress Racing for making Mark and Austin available to us."
"Obviously, I'm disappointed to be out of the Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy for so long, but the team is in very good hands with Mark Martin and Austin Dillon," Stewart said. "Mark is someone I've looked up to my entire career and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. Austin is a great young talent, and he showed that Sunday at Michigan. Greg Zipadelli, Steve Addington (crew chief) and everybody at SHR supports them 100 percent. This isn't a situation anyone wanted, but we're going to make the best of it. In the meantime, my focus is on getting healthy and getting back into my Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy."