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MWR will use vice president of competition Scott Miller as crew chief for Vickers the rest of the season, while team engineer Billy Scott will take on additional responsibilities with the car setup. Childers is expected to join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 as crew chief for Kevin Harvick, but SHR competition director Greg Zipadelli said the deal isn’t complete.

“I feel like we’re in a good spot, but we don’t have it done yet,” Zipadelli said. “Hopefully in the next week to 10 days it will be done and official.”

MWR parting ways now with Childers is not surprising since manufacturer Toyota does not want him to play a role in 2014 development knowing he’s going to work for a Chevrolet team.

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BECAUSE HE CAN: Tony Stewart has taken some heat the last month for his decision to let Ryan Newman go to make room for Kevin Harvick to join the team.

Stewart said in July he just didn’t have room at Stewart-Haas Racing for Newman, who doesn’t have full sponsorship for 2014, and the organization wasn’t ready for four cars.

Fans didn’t understand why Danica Patrick, who is fully funded by sponsor GoDaddy, got to stay instead of Newman. Then they didn’t understand why Stewart didn’t change his mind after Newman’s win July 28 win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

And when word leaked that SHR was indeed expanding to four teams to make room for Kurt Busch? Well, fans screamed Stewart was just a flat-out liar.

SHR co-owner Gene Haas insisted this week Stewart did everything right and it was Haas who wanted Busch over Newman. Haas is paying for Busch out of pocket and will sponsor him with his Haas Automation company.

Ryan has been an excellent driver. He’s been with us going on five years now. I think he’s done a great job driving the car. I think he’s been a great sponsor driver. He’s done well at all of that,” Haas said. “The question is, at some point I am now going to be the sponsor. I just simply wanted a change and an opportunity to do something different. I don’t think this says anything negative about Ryan.

“After five years, I just feel that I want to take hold of an opportunity that was presented to me. It gives me a chance to, you know, be a sponsor and direct things the way I wanted to direct them.”

Haas also said he didn’t have a chance to direct things when he brought Stewart in as co-owner in 2009. It was Stewart who set the driver lineup then, choosing himself and Newman for the two-car team, and Haas had little say.

Tony Stewart is somewhat of an overwhelming personality. When he came in here, Haas CNC Racing had no credibility _ we were a small, struggling team in the back that would have died out and nobody would have noticed,” Haas said. “When Tony came in, Tony selected himself as a driver. That made perfect sense. He also selected Ryan Newman as his co-driver. That relationship effectively lasted for four years until Danica Patrick came on. The die was set, it was cast, that was the way it was going to be. Wasn’t much wiggle room for me to do much.”

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YOUNG WINNER: Kyle Benjamin became the youngest winner in ARCA Racing Series history when he won at Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin.

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