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Topic - Gene Haas
These are strange times in NASCAR, where everything has turned upside down in the blink of an eye.
These are strange times are in NASCAR, where everything has turned upside down in the blink of an eye.
Ryan Newman does not believe Tony Stewart deceived him when he released him from Stewart-Haas Racing to make room for Kevin Harvick.
On pace to run more than 100 races this year, Stewart admitted Tuesday that fatigue had set in around the NASCAR race at Indianapolis in late July. That was two weeks before the sprint car crash at Iowa, where he broke the fibula and tibia in his right leg.
Tony Stewart, upbeat and noticeably thinner, won his first race since breaking his leg in a sprint car accident when he beat an employee around the office at Stewart-Haas Racing in his wheelchair.
Greg Zipadelli, crew chief both times Tony Stewart ran the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, is no fan of the grueling doubleheader.
Gene Haas wanted to build a dream team, with an opportunity to see his name in Victory Lane. He wasn't going to let Tony Stewart stand in his way of making that happen.
Stewart-Haas Racing has called a Tuesday news conference amid reports Kurt Busch is joining the team.
Furniture Row Racing never stood a chance at keeping Kurt Busch once Gene Haas began courting the 2004 NASCAR champion.
Kurt Busch said Monday he has signed with Stewart-Haas Racing, which is rapidly developing into a super-team and will have four cars next season with the addition of the 2004 NASCAR champion.
The pre-Kurt Busch numbers at Furniture Row Racing weren't pretty: one win, three top-five finishes, eight top-10s and a measly 48 laps led in almost 200 races.
While team co-owner Tony Stewart is sidelined at home nursing a broken right leg, Stewart-Haas Racing is charging full steam ahead with aggressive plans for 2014.
All Danica Patrick needed to do was keep her car intact.
Tony Stewart's third NASCAR championship was much different his first two.
"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.
"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."