The crew chief / driver relationship between Steve and Tony is much better,...... they are communicating better. Have they solved all their problems ?...No, but they are addressing it and working on it...that's all we can ask for....if they really want to shut everyone up......Go Win POCONO!!
Vindication for Addington
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on June 5, 2013 | 11:54 A.M. EST
“I enjoy racing and love racing and coming to work and working on these race cars but it is much more rewarding for me to walk into here on a Monday morning and seeing all of these people who put in the time, effort, and sweat on these race cars and that is what I get the joy out of."
Sunday’s FedEx 400 win by Tony Stewart at Dover Int’l Speedway came as more than a relief to crew chief Steve Addington.
Stewart’s first win in 31 races helped erase some of the doubt hanging over the Stewart-Haas Racing organization during the early season struggles of 2013. The slump triggered speculation about potential personnel moves inside the team, which triggered an angry response from Stewart after his Dover victory.
"I was ticked,” Stewart said. “I don't need that crap. I've got enough stuff to worry about, keeping three cars competitive and trying to get them in that state and having to deal with a bunch of bullcrap that's inaccurate and speculation.
“I'll be honest, it #### me off because it was a big distraction to my team, my organization. It kept us from doing our job, because people are hearing rumors and reading what you guys write, and it was totally inaccurate and unprofessional in my opinion.”
But Addington said Wednesday on SIRIUS/XM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” he never felt his job threatened and Stewart was always squarely in his corner.
“Tony came in here and he sat down with me and said 'You are my crew chief' and he said this is going to be more rewarding than winning a championship once we get this thing turned around,” said Addington. “After that, I ignored thing and what is put out there is put out there and there is nothing you can do about it.
“It is the downside of what is put out there and planted in people’s heads when they do not know what is going on behind the scenes and they should come talk to the source rather than take rumors and run with it.”
Obviously Addington took pride in the 14 team’s victory Sunday and is certainly entitled to feeling more than a little vindication in the success in the wake of the speculation. But he was quick to point out it was a total team effort and understands what took place is sometimes part of a very competitive business.
“Well, I will address this (like this), this is not about Steve Addington and I do not promote myself,” Addington said on the channel’s morning show. “I have been doing this a long time and I understand the business but the bad part about it is, what is put out there does affect families and people in this business. I don’t let it get to me, I have won races and still lost my job and that made me take a whole new outlook on this.
“I enjoy racing and love racing and coming to work and working on these race cars but it is much more rewarding for me to walk into here on a Monday morning and seeing all of these people who put in the time, effort, and sweat on these race cars and that is what I get the joy out of.”
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