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NASCAR: Martin to take over for injured Stewart

by DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer on August 21, 2013 10:50 AM

Out for the season with a broken leg, Tony Stewart turned to one of NASCAR’s most respected drivers to take over the No. 14.

At 54, Mark Martin is up for the challenge of taking the wheel for his good friend.

“Hopefully, we can turn the 14 car back over to Tony an even stronger organization than what it was when he stepped away and got injured,” Martin said.

Martin was released from his part-time schedule at Michael Waltrip Racing on Monday and will drive the No. 14 Chevrolet in 12 of the final 13 Sprint Cup races for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Stewart, a three-time Cup champion, will miss the rest of the season while he recovers from the broken right leg suffered in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway. Austin Dillon will drive the No. 14 on Oct. 20 at Talladega.

Martin entered 16 of 23 races as part of a shared ride in the No. 55 with at Brian Vickers at MWR. Vickers, who won this season at New Hampshire, will now drive the No. 55 Toyota for MWR in 12 of the final 13 races.

Martin has 40 wins and 56 poles in 870 career Sprint Cup starts.

“My motivation for racing is not for points, it’s for racing,” Martin said. “I want to race, and I want to finish.”

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