|Austin Dillon gets the call|
Dillon is the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and currently leads the championship standings in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving for Richard Childress Racing. He has two career Nationwide Series wins and five Camping World Truck Series victories, the most recent of which came July 24 in the inaugural CarCash Mudsummer Classic presented by CNBC Prime’s “The Profit” at Eldora Speedway in Rossurg, Ohio. The Pure Michigan 400 will mark Dillon’s 10th career Sprint Cup start.
“I’ve watched Austin for many years and at each stage of his racing career he’s been successful,” Stewart said. “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.”
SHR has not determined who the interim driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet will be for the Sprint Cup Series’ following race Aug. 24 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Veteran racer Max Papis drove the car to a 15th-place finish Sunday at Watkins Glen International to maintain the team’s 11th-place standing in the Sprint Cup Series owner championship.
No timetable has been established for Stewart’s return to the No. 14 Chevrolet, but the three-time Sprint Cup champion was discharged from the hospital late Sunday afternoon.