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Team figuring out how to fill injured Stewart's void

BROOKLYN, Mich. — While Tony Stewart recovers from a broken leg, his team is still figuring out how to move on without him.

"I'm working under the assumption that he's out for the next month or so or longer," said Greg Zipadelli, competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing. "He went to the doctor's this week, he had a decent visit. No setbacks. Basically, very simple instructions — stay in bed with your leg up over your heart for the next seven days."

Stewart broke his right leg in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway. He was released from the hospital last weekend.

Austin Dillon is racing in Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan International Speedway — he qualified 27th Friday for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 — but the schedule beyond that is unclear.

"We're certainly looking at trying probably in the next three to four days — before we get to Bristol everything will be ironed out for the rest of the year," Zipadelli said Friday. "It will be two drivers probably the rest of the year … just try to get them guys to try to build some chemistry and get the best finishes we can."

Zipadelli was asked if Dillon is one of the options for the rest of the year.

"Yeah, obviously Austin's done a great job in the Truck series and Nationwide series," Zipadelli said. "We are talking about more races. We don't have anything concrete yet.

Max Papis drove the No. 14 to a 15th-place finish Sunday at Watkins Glen.

Logano sets record: Joey Logano set one of the fastest qualifying speeds in NASCAR history to earn the pole at Michigan at 203.949 mph. Logano broke Marcos Ambrose's track record of 203.241 mph, set last year, the first Sprint Cup weekend on a newly paved surface. Logano's speed was ninth-best by a pole-sitter in NASCAR history — and the fastest since Bill Elliott set the record of 212.809 at Talladega in 1987. Kurt Busch (203.695) qualified second and series points leader Jimmie Johnson (203.47) also broke Ambrose's record.

NHRA: Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan topped the first day of qualifying at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., with a run of 4.044 seconds at 315.34 mph. Clay Millican (3.773 seconds at 326.63 mph) led Top Fuel, and Vincent Nobile (6.580, 209.43) topped Pro Stock.

Motorcycles: Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials want MotoGP back next season and they hope to complete the deal this weekend, with the series back at the Brickyard for Sunday's Indianapolis Grand Prix, the sixth series race on the track's 2.62-mile road course.

Team figuring out how to fill injured Stewart's void 08/16/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 16, 2013 11:21pm]
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