Ty Dillon in talks to replace injured Tony Stewart in NASCAR

Ty Dillon is in negotiations with Stewart-Haas Racing to replace the injured Tony Stewart after this weekend's Daytona 500

Ty Dillon in talks to replace injured Tony Stewart in NASCAR

Dillon made the revelation to a group of media members at Tuesday's NASCAR media at Daytona, where Brian Vickers is filling in for Stewart in the No.14 Chevrolet.

"Unfortunately, it kind of stinks that we even have to talk about this," said the younger brother of NASCAR Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon.

"Everybody, including myself, want to see Tony go out the right way and run every single race.

"It would be an honour to drive Tony's car in his last year and hopefully do good for those guys.

"Nothing has been announced and I haven't signed anything yet.

"We've been in talks, obviously. Hopefully, we'll have some news sooner or later."

Dillon refuted rumors that he has already agreed to take over the ride for Stewart, who suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra in a dune buggy crash in the California desert on January 31.

"It's a slow process and there are a lot of different things going on," Dillon said.

"Nothing is set in stone and I don't like to say anything until pen hits paper."

The 23-year-old has a five-race deal in the No. 95 Chevrolet with Circle Sport/Leavine Family Racing that includes Sunday's 58th Daytona 500.

Dillon had hoped 2016 would be his rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series but a full-time ride did not develop.

"As many races as I can run - bring them on," Dillon said.

"I like to be in as many cars as possible and especially Sprint Cup, which is the highest form of auto racing. That's where I want to be.

"Running full-time was obviously my goal and it didn't quite work out that way.

"I'm going to take this opportunities to build my resume."

Dillon has made seven Cup starts in his career, and last season he finished third in the second-tier Xfinity series.

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