KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Any hopes for a late comeback for Tony Stewart this NASCAR seasons were officially put to rest on Monday.
Stewart Haas Racing has announced that the three-time Sprint Cup Champion will miss the remained of the 2013 schedule as he continues to heal a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg. The injury was suffered in a Sprint Car race in Iowa on August 5th in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
“After consulting with Tony’s doctors and speaking with Tony, we agreed it was best for him to focus on his recovery,” said Stewart Haas Racin competition director Greg Zipadelli in a statement released from the team. “For the No. 14 team, our focus is on positioning them for a run at the owner championship.”
Helping the team to do so will be Mark Martin, who will run in 11 races to finish out this season, including this weekend’s cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Austin Dillon, who filled in for Stewart in Sunday’s race at Michigan, will be in the car for the Talladega race in October.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed to be out of the Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy for so long, but the team is in very good hands with Mark Martin and Austin Dillon,” said Stewart in a release from the team “Mark is someone I’ve looked up to my entire career and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. Austin is a great young talent, and he showed that Sunday at Michigan.
“Greg Zipadelli, Steve Addington (crew chief) and everybody at SHR supports them 100 percent. This isn’t a situation anyone wanted, but we’re going to make the best of it. In the meantime, my focus is on getting healthy and getting back into my Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy.”