Stewart-Haas Racing can now move onto the remainder of the season with some ease.
After going through two substitute drivers for the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, Stewart-Haas Racing has found a replacement driver for the remainder of the season as Tony Stewart continues to heal. Joining SHR for 12 of the final 13 races will be Mark Martin, with Austin Dillon making a return for the team at Talladega as announced by the team on Monday.
Prior to joining SHR in their time of need, Martin was driving for Michael Waltrip Racing. The race at Michigan was Martin’s last with MWR, and Brian Vickers will take over the No.55 car as Martin moves over to SHR.
This move ends SHR’s latest worries or having to search for drivers. Martin joining the team also means that they don’t have to go through drivers that compete within NASCAR’s other series, avoiding a double-duty driver.
Dillon helped out the team during the race weekend at Michigan, but had he continued with SHR for the remainder of the season, it would have hurt his chances in the Nationwide Series. As he continues to race for the Nationwide championship, Dillon’s priorities in that series go first.
Dillon making a return at Talladega seems is a better option for the team with Martin as the primary driver for the 12 races. SHR made the right decision by having Martin come in as all the concentration will go into that one ride and one driver.