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“I think our communication with each other is really good He’s easy to understand,” Stewart said. “I think he understands what I’m talking about. Those are the things that you can’t teach they have to come natural and that is coming pretty easy.”

Greg Zipadelli also reunited with Stewart this season as competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing after a lengthy stay at JGR. Addington credited Zipadelli with bridging the gaps in communication with the No. 14 and teammate Ryan Newman’s car.

Addington is only the third crew chief of Stewart’s 13-year career. He won his previous two titles with Greg Zipadelli at JGR.

Addington won 16 races as a crew chief with brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch. He led Kyle Busch to 12 wins at JGR, but was let go with three races remaining in the 2009 season. He then moved to Penske Racing to team with Kyle’s older brother, Kurt, and led him to four wins and consecutive berths in the Chase.

“It’s just been unfortunate the last five years, I’ve had three drivers,” he said.

So which of the three drivers _ who never met a tape recorder and notebook they liked _ is the easier driver to deal with?

“Well, I won’t go there, but it’s been a lot of fun working with them,” Addington said. “They’re very passionate about what they do and that’s part of it. That stuff doesn’t bother me. What everybody hears on the radio doesn’t bother me at all. I take it personal when the car’s not running good, not what they say to me.”