Austin Dillon replacing Tony Stewart was a no-brainer

Austin Dillon (left) talks with team owner Richard Childress during qualifying this past weekend at...

Austin Dillon (left) talks with team owner Richard Childress during qualifying this past weekend at Watkins Glen. (AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:28 PM ET

The announcement that Austin Dillon would be subbing for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet this week in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway came as a surprise to absolutely no one.

The choice of Dillon was, however, as much business decision as it was a sporting decision.

Not that Dillon isn’t qualified — he is the current points leader in the NASCAR Nationwide Series — but one has to wonder how much SHR’s sponsorship deal with Bass Pro Shops played into the decision-making.

Dillon has been associated with the giant outdoors retail company since his first days in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series.

In fact, he won that series’ championship in 2011 with Bass Pro Shops on the hood of his truck and continues to have the same sponsorship on his No. 3 Chevrolet in the Nationwide series.


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