NASCAR Updates: Ty Dillon Becomes Tony Stewart’s 2nd Interim Driver, Number Of Pit Crew Penalties At Record High
Ty Dillon Steps In The Car For Tony Stewart
As Tony Stewart continues to recover following an ATV accident that left him with a burst fracture of the first lumbar (L1) vertebra, driver Ty Dillon has been tapped by Stewart-Haas Racing to take over the No. 14 Chevrolet in time for another race on Sunday.
So far, the team has only confirmed that Dillon will be driving Stewart’s car for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. They said that Stewart’s interim driver for any successive race is yet to be determined. Following the announcement, Dillon tweeted, “What an honor to drive Tony’s @BassProShops Chevy this weekend @amsupdates hope he gets better soon. Mean time, I’ll give it all I got!”
Meanwhile, Stewart’s interim driver for the Daytona 500, Brian Vickers, is said to be headed to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He finished 26th on Sunday after starting in 18th place. At the closing stages of the race, Vickers had been battling with the race leaders but he couldn’t manage to capitalize his position in the high lane. Following the race, Vickers was disappointed with his finish. “These guys deserved so much better today. They gave me a great car, and we took our shot to win the race,” he remarked.
Record High Number of Penalties For Pit Crews At The Daytona 500
The Daytona 500 race this year saw a lot of record first when it came to the photo-finish victory of Denny Hamlin and Toyota’s win as a manufacturer. However, Sunday’s race also came with a record number of penalties imposed on pit crews.
There were 12 penalties imposed on pit crews during Sunday’s race in total. Among these, nine were due to a crewman going over the wall too soon as they tried to gain critical advantage during pit stops. Meanwhile, the remaining three were due to an uncontrolled tire.