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Tony Stewart has begun discussion with Joe Gibbs Racing officials about his future with the company, ESPN.com has learned. And that future, sources say, is questionable. Multiple sources close to the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity said Stewart told Gibbs officials that he'd like to be released from the final year of his current driving contract, which expires at the conclusion of the 2009 season. "He definitely has some options," JGR president J.D. Gibbs said. "To me it's no different than any of the the options he's had before. The reality is he's racing here through 2009. There's no ifs, ands or buts about that one. Our stance is he's racing for us through 2009." Stewart's publicist, Mike Arning, said "Tony's contract is through the 2009 season. When that is up he'll have a lot of options for 2010 and beyond. But in terms of what he's going to do, or might do, for now and in between, as far as JGR is concerned he's their driver for 2009." Sources said Stewart is intrigued by the thought of team ownership. One potential scenario mentioned was a partnership with Haas/CNC Racing, under which Stewart would own as much as a 50% stake in the race team that currently fields the #66 and #70 Chevys. Under that scenario he would drive one of those two machines. Haas GM Joe Custer said he has spoken with several people about the future status of his team, including Stewart's group. He was adamant that his team has reached no deal with Stewart, but would "by all means be interested in discussing a partnership with a driver of his caliber." Such a move would reunite Stewart with Chevrolet, which sources said was of the utmost importance to the driver, given that he's driven for General Motors for most of his career, and that GM sponsors Stewart's open wheel sprint car program. Gibbs switched to Toyotas from Chevrolets in 2008. Haas/CNC Racing currently fields cars built and powered by Hendrick Motorsports, the organization that has won four Cup championships in the past 10 years, including the past two
 

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Re: Tony Stewart to reunite with Chevrolet

I would say he does want out for the Gibbs to be making a statement like that. I don't like any of them, but if I was Gibbs I would not let him go. A contract is a contract. I'm sick of athletes that pull this crap.
 

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I like Tony, but I don't want him to win while he's in a Toyota. That's just my ol' fashoned brand preference. I'd rather Junior or Gordon win a race.
 

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that would be awesome and that might add to the Hendrick Powerstable if he still uses the Hendrick engines. i was always wondering about this, because he was in the armorall commercial with the corvette.
 

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the 66 and 70 teams are lucky to have 2 top 5 finishes per year combined. there are better chevy teams than haas cnc
Yes but not Chevy teams willing to give a 50% stake for maybe a couple of wins. I see a Retirement plan, in the big sceme of things.
 

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If he goes to CNC/Haas, he brings them instant credibility, and maybe he brings his sponsor with him too, you never know. They could start being competitive with more sponsor dollars, a good driver (REALLY good driver) and more exposure.

Gibbs would be unwise to hold him if he doesn't want to stay, IMO; that's a recipe for disaster. See Carter, Vince, Toronto Raptors for more possible gory details.

More discussion on this here:
GMI's NASCAR 2008 thread
 

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I hope Tony gets his way, and I hope Gibbs never wins another race. What a bunch of unpatriotic tools.
i agree.

I saw this comming, Tony's too involved with Chevy to stay in a toyota. hell he's even in a armor all commercial with a corvette. And they sponsor his dirt track team. Besides, he wants to win. Other then kurt busch...nobody can
 

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Re: Tony Stewart to reunite with Chevrolet

I would say he does want out for the Gibbs to be making a statement like that. I don't like any of them, but if I was Gibbs I would not let him go. A contract is a contract. I'm sick of athletes that pull this crap.
I wouldn't put Tony Stewart in the same group of athletes you are refering to. I would put him in the same group of athletes that appear on Food Network.
 

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Does anybody else find it weird that toyota/the camry is even allowed to be in Nascar...its "stock" car racing, or as close as it could. But the camry doesnt even offer a v8
They reverse engineered some Chevy small blocks some years back (because they did not have an OHV V8 at the time) so that they could enter the Craftsman Truck Series.

They are also the ONLY manufacturer that NASCAR does NOT require that they actually use their OHV V8 in any of their cars or trucks. Those are all OHC if memory serves.

Guess money talks, and the France family listens.
 

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I hope Tony gets his way, and I hope Gibbs never wins another race. What a bunch of unpatriotic tools.
I agree. Charlotte is getting the NASCAR Hall of Fame and I want them to name Gibbs as the first traitor to switch over to Toyota. Thanks a lot Gibbs.
 

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Does anybody else find it weird that toyota/the camry is even allowed to be in Nascar...its "stock" car racing, or as close as it could. But the camry doesnt even offer a v8
The Ford Fusion doesn't offer a V8 either - nor did the modern W-body Monte Carlo (until the recent SS version). If you want to go back further, the US version of the Lumina never offered a V8, nor the did the Taurus until the 3rd gen SHO.

NASCAR isn't stock car racing anymore than Formula 1 is. The Australian supercar series is what NASCAR should be, IMHO.
 

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I agree. Charlotte is getting the NASCAR Hall of Fame and I want them to name Gibbs as the first traitor to switch over to Toyota. Thanks a lot Gibbs.
I say they should hang Gibbs for being a traitor!!:yup: It is the old way of dealing w/traitors!:D

As for Tony Stewart, I don't care for him & never really liked him. I am tired of all the hype the guy gets/has gotten. Perhaps hang him too!:p:
 

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This reminds me of the Toyota commercial Stewart did when he got out of his car, yelled at Zippy to run for his life, then threw his helmet at the out-of-control Camry. I guess we missed the part when he ran to his Corvette, called his agent up on his phone, and yelled at him to start negotiations with Haas and to get Gibbs to release him.
 

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I like Tony and am happy he want's back in a Bow-Tie, I think it makes perfect sence for him to be the first to switch back. Also this will be a total PR mess for toyota and that's fine with me too.
 
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