Jul 24, 2013; Rossburg, OH, USA; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Dillon celebrates after winning the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Dillon may replace injured Tony Stewart


After driver Tony Stewart suffered a broken leg earlier this week, the brass at Stewart-Haas racing announced that they’ll be tapping multiple drivers to fill in for Stewart in the No. 14 car. Max Papis was the first driver selected for the job, but reports on Saturday indicate that Austin Dillon, who is expected to become a full-time Cup competitor in 2014, may be next in line.

Dillon, who recently won the Mudsummer Classic at Stewart’s Eldora Speedway, didn’t reveal much when asked about if he’d been approached by Stewart-Haas, but he did indicate that he’d like the opportunity to be a stand-in for Stewart:

We’ve been talking a little bit. We’ll see. I feel pretty confident that we can do it and be fine. Hopefully we can do some of them. I’d like to. (Sporting News)

Stewart-Haas Racing director Greg Zipadelli said on Friday that Dillon was one of two Nationwide drivers the company is interested in bringing in, the other being Regan Smith. Dillon and Smith are currently first and second in the Nationwide standings.

[Source: Sporting News]

 

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