Injury Sidelines Tony Stewart for Rest of the Year
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart is out for the rest of the 2013 season, Stewart-Hass Racing said on Monday.
- Mark Martin will replace Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet.
- Stewart suffered a broken right tibia and fibula in an August 5 crash at a dirt track race in Iowa.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Three-time champion Tony Stewart will miss the remainder of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season and veteran Mark Martin has been named to replace him in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.
Stewart, 42, broke both bones in his right leg August 5 in a crash during a sprint car race at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Stewart is expected to return to his seat in time for pre-season testing in January 2014. In the meantime, he will focus on his recovery.
"This isn't a situation anyone wanted, but we're going to make the best of it," said Stewart in a statement.
Martin will run all the remaining races except the October 18-20 event at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Austin Dillon, who drove the No. 14 car last week at Michigan International Speedway, will drive the car again at Talladega.
Max Papis filled in for Stewart in the August 11 race at Watkins Glen International.
Martin's first drive will be Saturday in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway.
Martin, 54, has 40 career victories and has finished 2nd in Cup Series points four times but has never won the championship.
"Mark is someone I've looked up to my entire career and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him," Stewart said. "Austin is a great young talent and he showed that on Sunday at Michigan."
Dillon finished 14th in the Michigan race.
Martin planned a cutback in his racing schedule during the 2006 season and ended a long relationship with team owner Jack Roush at the end of that season.
However, he has run no fewer than 24 of the 36 races in each season since then, driving for team owners including Bobby Ginn, Rick Hendrick and Michael Waltrip. This season, he has one 2nd-place finish and three 3rds in 16 starts for the Waltrip team.
Edmunds says: Martin has not won since 2009, but he was a prolific winner that season, with five victories in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Stewart's car will be competitive with him at the wheel.