Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mark Martin to take over Tony Stewart's No. 14 next week

   NASCAR veteran Mark Martin will take over the driving duties of Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 14 Chevrolet as soon as next weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol, Tenn., multiple sources confirmed to The Observer and

   Martin will drive the No. 14 while Tony Stewart continues to recover from two broken bones in his right leg, which he suffered in an accident in a Sprint car race earlier this month. Martin will remain the team's driver the remainder of the 2013 season if necessary, except for the Oct. 20 race at Talladega, Ala., sources said.

   If Stewart still needs a replacement driver for the Talladega race, Nationwide Series regular Austin Dillon will likely drive the car in that race, sources said. Dillon served as the team's driver Sunday at Michigan and finished 14th.

   An official announcement of the move is expected on Monday.

   Martin was scheduled to run several races yet this season with Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 Toyota team, but Brian Vickers is expected to take over those races for the remainder of the season, sources said. 

   Last week MWR announced Vickers would drive for the team fulltime beginning in the 2014 season.

   There was no immediate response from MWR to a request for comment.

   A spokesman for SHR called the report "premature."


  1. Sweet mark is a true racer.

  2. I thought smoke broke his leg in Iowa, not in a sprint series race.

    1. Sprint cars are NOT the same as the Sprint Series... they've been around longer. Sprint cars are smaller, open wheel cars with a huge wing mounted on the top of the car, they typically run on dirt tracks.

  3. All is good in the racing world

  4. I think Tony Stewart should dump Danica and put Mark in that ride. DP isn't going to win a SC race driving for ANYONE. Bye Ms Patrick and go back to the Indy bunch.

  5. You mean you couldnt find anyone else. What a friggen disapointment. Tony ive followed you since the the shell car. Met you at the milwaukee mile. Wow bad move. Just keep on foing down hill.