Martin in for Stewart for the love of racing

At 54 years old, it's amazing that NASCAR driver Mark Martin is still in demand. (Getty Images/AFP)

At 54 years old, it's amazing that NASCAR driver Mark Martin is still in demand. (Getty Images/AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:24 PM ET

For the second time this season, Mark Martin will play the part of the replacement driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

In the spring, after Denny Hamlin crushed a vertebrae in his back in a wreck at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Martin climbed into the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Bristol Motor Speedway.

On Friday, Martin will be back at Bristol, this time subbing for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet.

Stewart, of course, is recovering from two broken bones in his right leg as a results of a sprint car racing accident two weeks ago at Southern Iowa Speedway.

In the Hamlin case, there was little fuss and next to no negotiations between his bosses at Michael Waltrip Racing and Gibbs. The are, after all, both Toyota teams and Martin was only doing a partial Sprint Cup schedule as he has of the past two seasons.


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