SCHMOOPY IS PSYCHIC...... Don't know anything about this writer but he like Schmoopy's idea ALOT .......OK Schmoopy what is in store for the rest of the teams....
Dean Mc Nulty..Toronto Sun
TORONTO - There has always been speculation about the relationship between Tony Stewart and Gene Haas — the two principals behind Stewart Haas Racing.When Stewart was brought into the partnership, it was assumed he would be the kingpin, the guy making race-related decisions, with Haas being the behind the scenes, corporate money guy.That order of things changed at the end of last season when Haas decided pretty much on his own to add a fourth car to the then three-car outfit with Kurt Busch — a controversial choice — as the driver. Stewart, after an uncomfortable delay, came out in support of the move, suggesting he was in on the plan from the start.
The truth, likely, is somewhere in the middle.
The move did appear to work, however, with Busch and the No. 41 Chevrolet team making this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship Challenger Round. Busch ended up as a first-round casualty and complained about the support he was getting — or wasn’t getting — from his pit crew.
Certainly crew chief Daniel Knost knew what he was getting in Busch, a temperamental but extremely talented race car driver.Now comes word that Haas, too, was not impressed by how the No. 41 team was handled this season.
In an interview with Motorsport.com NASCAR beat writer Lee Spencer, Haas has all but demanded that changes be made for the 2015 season. Those changes could go well beyond the No. 41 team and include Danica Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet team. Patrick has made steady, if not spectacular, progress this year under the tutelage of crew chief Tony Gibson and the betting is that Haas will want to move Gibson over to help Busch.“Kurt is a unique driver,” Haas said. “He has a lot of passion for what he does.“That kind of driver requires some special members to make it work and I don’t feel we have the right combination.“So we’re looking at that and make some changes on that team to make it work better.”
Haas was not the least bit wishy washy on what he feels about the situation on the No. 41 team, something that is sure to ruffle more than a few feathers in the SHR camp.“We’re really not happy,” Haas said. “That team should have done better.“Kevin Harvick’s team should have done better, too. He’s been fast all year long, seven or eight poles, leading a huge amount of laps, but we haven’t won as many races as we should.“So, I think there’s a little bit of evaluation with all the teams, but that’s pretty common.”It will be a wait and see situation over the next month or so to see what changes will be made and how the whole thing is handled by what to this point has been considered the one of the best run outfits in NASCAR.