It has only been one week since Tony Stewart won the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, but he will enter the 2012 NSCS season with a new crew chief, Steve Addington, who will sit on top of the pit box for the No. 14 Chevrolet.
Addington becomes just the third crew chief Stewart has had in his 13-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.
“I know Steve well and I know how he goes about setting up a racecar,” said Stewart who has had experience working with Addington while at Joe Gibbs Racing.
“My comfort level with him is already strong. He balances the technical part of our sport with the real-world experiences we get at the track, and that will allow for a smooth transition as we prepare to defend our title in 2012.”
Addington has won 16 career NSCS races while assuming the role as crew chief for both Kurt and Kyle Busch.
“I saw how he worked when we were at Gibbs together and I’m not surprised at all at the success he’s created at Stewart-Haas Racing. He expects a lot and he knows a lot. His talent behind the wheel is obvious, but his ability to motivate and get everyone to believe that whatever goal they set is attainable is something every crew chief wants, and I plan to make the most of it,” said Addington.
Addington will replace Darian Grubb, who recently won a championship with Stewart, effective immediately per press release.
“Darian was a very important part of the success we’ve had at Stewart-Haas Racing,” Stewart said.
“I’m very proud of everything he helped accomplish, especially this year when we all rallied to win the championship. He’s a great person and I know he’ll continue to be successful in this sport.”