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NASCAR: Max Papis Steps In To Help Stewart-Haas Racing

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Max Papis will be the help that Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing will need heading in Watkins Glen.

In a statement released by Stewart-Haas Racing, it was announced that Papis will be going behind the wheel of the No.14 car to replace Stewart, who will sit out of the race at Watkins Glen International. Papis will take over after Stewart had surgery for a broken tibia and fibula from a sprint car crash on Monday. Papis had previously tested with SHR at Road Atlanta back on July 30 in the No. 14 car.

Prior to making his start at Watkins Glen with SHR, Papis has made 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts. His career-best finish in Cup was at Watkins Glen in 2009 when he finished eighth. He has also raced in the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series.

The upcoming race at Watkins Glen will hurt Stewart’s chances of making the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. A timeline for Stewart’s recovery has yet to be determined. SHR mentioned within the statement that Stewart’s injury has been determined as a Grade 2 injury, and that a second surgery may be required.

Stewart might not be able to compete, but Papis will help keep the No.14 car within contention for a great finish in the team’s time of need.

The race at Watkins Glen will mean a lot for chase hopefuls considering the standings. For Papis, going out at the Glen will give Stewart and SHR some good news despite the bad news.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines WIth Christy