Stewart-Haas Racing announced it’s driver lineup for the next four races with Ty Dillon set to take over the No. 14 car in Atlanta, Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway. Brian Vickers, who drove in place of Tony Stewart during the Daytona 500, will drive the car in Las Vegas.
Dillon is coming off a 25th-place finish in the Daytona 500 while driving for Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing. The soon-to-be 24-year-old (his birthday is on Saturday) will be able to celebrate by adding three races to his already part-time schedule.
Driving for Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing is special because he gets a Sprint Cup ride, but now he has an opportunity with even better equipment. Taking over for Stewart for three races, Dillon has a chance to shine for Bass Pro Shops — his sponsor at the Xfinity level.
Vickers didn’t have a great showing throughout Speedweeks, but has a solid history at Las Vegas. In only his second race last season — which ultimately ended up being his last for 2015 — Vickers finished 15th after starting 28th. He also has two top-10 finishes at the track from his days with Team Red Bull.
Both drivers are trying to fill a gap for Stewart-Haas Racing with a void left from Stewart. The three-time champion is still recovering from a back injury, with his earliest return date possibly set for the Sprint All-Star Race in May.