Tony Stewart and Stewart/Haas Racing announced Monday afternoon that Stewart will miss the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season due to injuries suffered in a Sprint Car crash in Iowa nearly two weeks ago.
Stewart has missed the last two races at Watkins Glen and Michigan as Max Papis filled in at the Glen and Austin Dillon took the wheel in Michigan.
At MIS, rumors were circulating that Martin would be in the No. 14 SHR Chevrolet the rest of the season but neither side would comment.
It became official today.
Martin was named the replacement in 12 of the final 13 races as he will race at the remaining tracks except for Talladega. Martin isn’t comfortable on restrictor plate tracks so he backed away when he decided to not run full-time. Dillon will be back in the car at Talladega in October as Martin takes that week off.
Martin recently drove the No. 55 Aaron’s Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota part-time the past two seasons. This was his last year in that car as Brian Vickers was named the full-time driver for the 2014 season and beyond.
With that being said, MWR wanted Vickers in the car more in 2013 so Martin was free to go to SHR and Vickers was moved up to race in 12 of the final 13 races as well.
Team owner Michael Waltrip will race at Talladega as Vickers will be out of that car then but in the ride for the remaining races.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
The post NASCAR: Mark Martin tabbed as Tony Stewart replacement for rest of 2013 appeared first on Race Review Online.