Published on April 29th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple8
Tony Stewart considering offers?
Tony Stewart who you all know is one of my favorite drivers, is the topic of discussion throughout the NASCAR community. The rumor on the street is that he’s been getting multiple offers from a number of different race teams even though his contract doesn’t come up with Joe Gibbs Racing until the end of the 2009 season. Tony Stewart said that he is going to be completely honest and up front with Joe Gibbs and has already admitted to keeping his ears open. The biggest story that has been going around the pits is he’s decided already to sign with Haas CNC racing which is a second class racing team.
J.D. Gibbs says they aren’t worried about the possible offers and has denied the claims. They think Tony Stewart will make the right decision and stay with a team he will win with, and they’re confident they are THAT team. One thing they have mentioned is if Tony decides he doesn’t plan on staying with the Gibbs team, he better at least fulfill his contract and stay till the end of the 2009 year.
Tony Stewart on the other hand has other interests… his goal is to not only be a driver but also a team owner. He wants to guarantee a life long career in the racing world, and the next peice to the puzzle is to own a team. So rumors on the street are he’s already signed with Haas CRC racing, but not only as a driver but also part owner in the team.
To me it sounds like Tony Stewart has made his decision… I think he’s going to fulfill his contract because he’s a stand up guy and Joe Gibbs has been an incredible team owner for him. I personally think he should keep racing for Joe Gibbs… but I understand why he wants to secure his life long career in the NASCAR world. If it aint broke than don’t fix it… he will be racing for a second class team. And second class teams are second class teams with second class equipment. He’s not going to find a more professional, more prepared team than Joe Gibbs and right now Joe Gibbs is THE TEAM to beat.
Another reason why I think Tony made the swith is because I think he’s a Chevy guy. Tony switched to the Toyota this year when the Gibbs team decided it was going to be the car they all ran this year. His Nationwide Series team is currently still running the Chevy and I think he’s always been a Chevy guy and feels comfortable in a Chevy. Tony Stewart and Toyota go together like beer and popsicles. They just dont!
It’s going to be a sad day when he makes the switch… but who knows… maybe he’ll turn a second class team into a first class team. I hope this isn’t the last we see of Tony and I hope he doesn’t become a has been who lost his aggressive, opinionated, drama filled always a contender to be reckoned with attitude. 10 years and racing for the same owner with over 34 wins is a great accomplishment, let’s just hope he keeps us all on the edge of our seats.
What do you think… is he going to continue racing for Joe Gibbs? Is he going to fulfill his contract or will he pull out early?