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Zipadelli fills in for Addington on No. 14

October 20, 2013, Staff report,

Expectant father heads home as two-time Cup-winning crew chief takes his place

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The No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team, already running a replacment driver, will have a fill-in crew chief at Talladega Superspeedway for the Camping World RV Sales 500 (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN).

As first reported by's Holly Cain, Steve Addington has headed home to be with his wife as she delivers a baby. Stewart-Haas Racing competition director Greg Zipadelli will call the race for Austin Dillon, who will be making his second start in the Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in relief of Tony Stewart.

The 23-year-old makes his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Talladega debut in only his 12th career series start. Dillon finished 14th in the No. 14 at Michigan International Speedway in August.

Zipadelli last served as a crew chief for Danica Patrick's Sprint Cup debut in the 2012 Daytona 500. In 13 full-time seasons atop the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing box, Zipadelli won two championships with Stewart and 33 races from 1999 to 2008.

He won a race in three seasons with Joey Logano from 2009 to 2011 before reuniting with Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing.


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