Austin Dillon to replace Stewart in No. 14 at Michigan


Austin Dillon will pilot the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway for the running of the Pure Michigan 400 this Sunday.

In a statement Stewart said:, “I’ve watched Austin for many years and at each stage of his racing career he’s been successful. 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 Mobil 1 and Bass Pro Shops throughout the race weekend.”

Stewart continues to recover from a broken right tibia and fibula suffered in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Stewart was released from the hospital on Sunday evening and is recovering at home.

Dillon is the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and competes full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he currently leads the championship standings. He has two Nationwide Series wins and five Camping World Truck Series victories this season.

SHR has not released who will drive the car after Michigan.

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