Stewart ruled out of rest of Sprint Cup season

Stewart ruled out of rest of Sprint Cup season

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Stewart ruled out of rest of Sprint Cup season

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Tony Stewart has been ruled out of the rest of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to his broken leg and will be replaced by veteran Mark Martin. Stewart sustained the injury in a sprint car crash earlier this month.

Max Papis and Austin Dillon stood in for him at Watkins Glen and Michigan respectively, but Stewart-Haas has now called on Martin to complete most of the balance of the season. The only race Martin will step aside for is Talladega in October, with Dillon returning for that event.

“The team is in very good hands with Mark Martin and Austin Dillon,” Stewart said. “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 on Sunday at Michigan. This isn’t a situation anyone wanted, but we’re going to make the best of it.”

Martin has been contesting a partial campaign with Michael Waltrip Racing this year, and nearly turned a fuel gamble into a shock victory in Sunday’s Michigan race. His Stewart-Haas commitments mean that Brian Vickers will now take the Waltrip Toyota back for all bar Talladega, where team boss Michael Waltrip is due to drive.

Vickers is among the drivers who have been sharing the No. 55 seat with Martin this year, and had already been signed to take the drive for the full 2014 campaign.

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