Mark Martin In For Tony Stewart
In case you missed the announcement earlier Monday, 54-year-old Mark Martin, who nearly won Sunday’s race at Michigan (he ran out of fuel), will be driving in 12 of the final 13 races for three-time champ Tony Stewart for the remainder of the NASCAR Cup season.
Stewart is currently recuperating after breaking his right tibia and fibula in an August 5th sprint car race in Iowa. Stewart-Haas says the boss is expected to return in January for preseason testing. Meanwhile Martin, who was driving the no. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine for Michael Waltrip Racing for the final races will be subbed for by Brian Vickers, who will drive the 55 full-time next year.
Martin has 40 career wins in the Sprint Cup Series. Austin Dillion, who subbed for Stewart in Michigan this past weekend, will sub one more time at Talladega Super Speedway on October 20th. As far the Chase, Stewart/Martin needs two wins to secure one of the two wild car positions up for grabs. The 12-team Chase begins with the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15th.
Martin will begin his substitute duties this Saturday night at Bristol. Catch all the live coverage for the Irwin Tools Night Race beginning at 5:30pm Saturday on The Country Station! 92.5 WBKR.