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Post Mon May 20, 2013 10:43 am

No Crew Chief Changes At SHR

Ryan Newman had the best finish of any of the Stewart-Haas drivers Saturday night…

Tom Jensen | Posted May 20, 2013 Charlotte, NC

Despite a dismal season to date, there are no crew chief changes planned at Stewart-Haas Racing, a high-ranking team official told SPEED.com Monday morning.

“We’ve all won races together and championships together, we’re going to pull ourselves out of this together,” the team official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

After Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, team co-owner Tony Stewart spent nearly two hours in the team hauler, meeting with crew chief Steve Addington and team engineers to work on solving the team’s handling issues.

“Every team goes through this at one point or another. We’ll get through it,” the SHR team person said.

Just two years ago, Stewart won his third NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, an astonishing accomplishment given that his Stewart-Haas Racing team was only in its third season and the last owner/driver to win a title was Alan Kulwicki in 1992.

This year, though, SHR has struggled mightily. Through 11 Sprint Cup points races, Ryan Newman is 17th in points, Stewart 21st and Danica Patrick 28th. Collectively, the team has just one top-five finish so far and Stewart has only a single top 10.

Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the team’s woes continued in the Sprint All-Star Race, an event where both Stewart and Newman are past winners. But this time around, Newman finished 13th, Stewart 14th and Patrick 20th — and the field was only 22 cars.

All three of the SHR Chevrolets battled big handling problems in the all-star event. Specifically, the cars were all pushing, or understeering, at some point.

“Keep your heads up, guys,” Stewart told his team after the race. “We’ll figure this out. Just have to keep working at it.”

“We battled a lack of grip, a lack of track position and handling issues all night,” said Newman, who advanced two positions in the final 10-lap shootout to finish 13th. “The front end wasn’t right tonight. The guys kept adjusting on the Aspen Dental Chevrolet, but it seemed like every adjustment had adverse effects. I don’t know that we would have been better toward the front of the pack and in clean air, but we never really had the opportunity to find out, either. I think we’ll be able to apply some of what we learned here tonight for next weekend.”

Patrick had an even worse night.

Not originally in the all-star field, she won the Sprint Fan Vote to transfer from the Sprint Showdown, where she finished ninth, into the Sprint All-Star Race. There, she finished 20th, last among the cars still running at the end of the race.

“We just couldn’t get the GoDaddy Cares Chevrolet right,” said Patrick. “We were just too tight. The guys did a great job on pit road. That goes without saying. It was just a tough night, but hopefully we are able to figure out what was wrong and we can come back here next weekend and have a better run.”

“The car was pretty good the first race, and the second race I don’t know what happened,” said Tony Gibson, Patrick’s crew chief, said after the race. “It was plowing tight from the very first lap on, and we couldn’t get it fixed. We slung everything I know to sling at it. Maybe we had a bump stop or a shock give up on it, but I just don’t know right now. Everybody dug all night long and we stayed in the game, and that’s all you can do. It’s frustrating because you don’t know what happened. We’ll try to figure out what we’ve got.”

Gibson said the team will try to apply what it learned for this week’s Coca-Cola 600.

“We just want to thank all the fans for getting us into the race because we never would have been in it if it weren’t for them,” said Gibson. “We appreciated the support from them, and hopefully one day we can give a little bit of something back to them. Overall, we learned a lot and she got some time on the racetrack, so that will pay dividends next week, I think. It’s just frustrating. I thought we would run way better than that based off our first race there. I’m not sure what happened and what went wrong there.”
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Post Mon May 20, 2013 11:10 am

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Thanks for bursting my bubble......I'm not out for a witch hunt on anyone in particular but I would like to see something.....to move in a positive direction
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Post Mon May 20, 2013 11:43 am

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I guess we just have to have faith in Tony that he knows what he's doing. And, truthfully, I never was as down on Addington as some. But, you do start to wonder after a while when the car itself never gets any worse or any better. It is Tony's money and reputation on the line............so I'm thinking he wouldn't be jeopardizing those if he really felt a cc change was the answer.
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Post Mon May 20, 2013 12:54 pm

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Changing crew chiefs now.......brings up the question of WHO? There isn't anyone out there..... I think they'll get it....What ever IT is......?!? Hopefully sooner than later.... :(

I just think they have to work this problem out on the track. Tony isn't comfortable with the car near any car, there are big handling issues.......and it is very evident that they truly lack speed.......talking about these issues isn't working. I just don't think they know how to adjust this new car......they really need track time with a number of cars and then maybe they might find some answers.......
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Post Mon May 20, 2013 4:07 pm

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onerockindoc wrote:Thanks for bursting my bubble......I'm not out for a witch hunt on anyone in particular but I would like to see something.....to move in a positive direction

[POP] Sorry Doc. :oops: But since the subject has been discussed so much here, I figured I better let everyone know what is (or is not) happening behind the closed doors of SHR.

Please don't shoot the messenger. :mrgreen:
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Post Mon May 20, 2013 6:10 pm

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I have been debating.. is it the CC or .. is it the cars and engineering core at SHR that is the problem..

Here is a couple questions being pondered...

How is it that the Ford camp, the Toyota camp.. and the Hendrick,Gaunassi, and Furniture Row.. teams have had a lot of success this year with the new car?

Why... is it that SHR.. one of the power house teams.. has yet to figure this car out.. and everyone else.. has .. pretty much...?

So.. what is the deal?
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Post Mon May 20, 2013 7:39 pm

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I am wondering what they are thinking at SHR. Seriously maybe they are waiting until after the Coke 600 who knows.

I do know Tony said on the radio Saturday night that Friday they had the car where they wanted it and when Saturday rolled around it all went to "####" in a hand basket.

I am in agreement is it the CC or the engineering department? Let's throw another one in there is it the Comp. Director.
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Post Tue May 21, 2013 6:43 am

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Maybe it's Gremlins.
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Post Tue May 21, 2013 10:46 am

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For me, Gremlins are as good a choice as any. I'm not there and I don't know what they (SHR, not Gremlins) know. So am just trying to have faith that they will get it all figured out some day. But, have to agree that the biggest question out there is why do almost all the other teams have if figured out, but not SHR? Maybe its more about just getting the car and driver to "click".
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Post Tue May 21, 2013 11:49 am

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i heard tony was looking at this hotshot from indy racing called Paesono as his next CC.........


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Post Tue May 21, 2013 11:57 am

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Gremlins.........that is as good an explanation as I have heard..but there were a lot of drivers and teams that struggled with their set ups Sat nite......Jr and Jeff Gordon had problems...RCR had problems , but Kurt seemed to do well, let's face it he is driving for his life in NASCAR and I think he used up his equipment.....plus he doesn't have the pit crew......EGR had no speed .......the only cars that didn't were JJ and Kasey..........surprise, surprise!!
I also think this Danica-Ricky business is getting out of hand.........on the plus side.....SHR has gotten some new sponsorship....... Which I think is good for Ryan's chances of staying at SHR.....but until they find "THIS MISSING LINK", it is bringing SHR to it's knees! This is a test of of mind and matter.......If you don't mind,... It doesn't matter! THEY WILL FIND IT :) :)
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Post Tue May 21, 2013 12:14 pm

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annalee what is the common factor between JJ and Kasey? the longevity of having the same CC, JJ 12 years, i believe 9 years for Kasey.....
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Post Tue May 21, 2013 4:52 pm

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The issue is in the engineering, not how the teams are being run. Canning or re-assigning Addington, Borland, or Gibson isn't going to magically make the cars go faster and handle properly.
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Post Wed May 22, 2013 10:21 am

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Smoke14TS wrote:The issue is in the engineering, not how the teams are being run. Canning or re-assigning Addington, Borland, or Gibson isn't going to magically make the cars go faster and handle properly.


I agree. I think its the cars, not the cc's. Possibly the drivers. They all have their own "style" and that has to connect with the car.

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