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Crew chief Darian Grubb leaving Stewart's team

Posted on: November 20, 2011 10:14 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2011 11:59 pm
By Pete Pistone

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Moments after guiding Tony Stewart to the 2011 Sprint Cup Series championship, crew chief Darian Grubb said he would not return to the team next year.

Grubb said he was told earlier in the Chase he was being replaced as Stewart's crew chief next season.

"I always wanted to stay with the organization," Grubb said. "That's the reason I came here – to build something special." 

Stewart wasn't clear on what Grubb's situation was for the long-term.

"I know what his status is for the rest of the night, and I'm going to get him drunk," he said.

"Tomorrow if we can just pick our heads up off the floor without throwing up, I'm going to be extremely happy, but I'll worry about that tomorrow."

Asked whether the championship run this season may change the decision to replace Grubb, Stewart said there are still decisions to be made.

"There's a lot of things in the off-season and decisions that have to be made," he said.  "Obviously we wanted to get through this championship battle first, and we'll sit down as a group, obviously, this week and figure out the direction of our program.

"But, you know, the good thing right now is that we are sitting up here right now as champions and I don't think any of us are really too concerned other than having fun tonight and enjoying the accomplishment we have had over the last ten weeks."

Speculation has Steve Addington leaving Penske Racing and Kurt Busch's team to take the reigns of Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet next season.

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Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 3:03 pm

Crew chief Darian Grubb leaving Stewart's team

This move makes no sense whatsoever... esopcailly after Stewart having come back and won the Title. I'd bet a sizable amount of money this doesn't happen after it's all said and done and cooler heads prevail. 

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 6:30 am

Crew chief Darian Grubb leaving Stewart's team

Stewart has a huge ego, but he knows what he's doing. If he's changing crew chiefs I'd imagine it's for the best. Grubb has championship and regardless of wether he stays at SHR or goes elsewhere he will his future is very bright. I do think had it not began to rain whoever made that call would have been responsible for losing that race.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:38 pm

Crew chief Darian Grubb leaving Stewart's team

HMS wins another Championship. Love it. And Mikeyfan I am sure that right now Stewart doesn't care that he is not a "true driver/owner" in your books, he just won the Championship and took 5 out of the 10 Chase races.

Haven't ever been a big Stewart fan but glad that the Slaver Edwards will have to wait to get his first.

Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:44 am

Crew chief Darian Grubb leaving Stewart's team

This call baffles me, and I am a SMOKE fan all the way.  The only scenario's I see is maybe Zippy is coming over, or Addington as speculated.  I sure would like to see Grubb stay, maybe moved over to the 39 car, where the performance just doesn't quite seem to be there on a consistent basis, sure he's made the chase, but when he is in there, he's a non-factor.

Mikeyfan, I normally enjoy your posts, but have you fallen off of your rocker?  How is SHR that much different than TRD all but running the show for MWR?  The only true Toyota team that up until this year was all in house was JGR.  And I think Toyota put some pressure on them to switch to the TRD engine.

Back to the issue at hand.  From what I take of it, the article just says that Grubb won't be back with the 14 team.  However that leaves alot of room for speculation.  He could be headed back to HMS.  However one could wonder if he won't be at SHR as a part time crew chief for the Danica Patrick show when she runs a handful of Sprint Cup races, if the rumors are true that SHR will provide her a ride, still though I go back to my original point that he'd be a better fit with the 39 car......

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:05 am

Crew chief Darian Grubb leaving Stewart's team

Good for Grubb!  If my boss told me in June that I would be replaced in December, I would have said-no-no-no-prepare my severance papers because I won't be here tomorrow.   My efforts would not longer contribute to his successes and wealth at that point and Stewart would not have won the title.  Grubb stuck it out, but he SHOULD leave because he could be told the same thing next year or the year after.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:59 pm

Crew chief Darian Grubb leaving Stewart's team

Rumor, is Grubb will go back to HMS, Tony's true owner, and become the crew cheif of the 48 with Chad being kicked upstairs as competition director. 

Maybe one day Tony can call himself a true owner, that would be the day, he quits relying on HMS to provide him everything, engines, chassis, practice data, parts, crew chiefs, crew men, everything except the drivers.  When that happens he can then be recognized as a true driver/owner.

But mark this down,  When Tony retires from cup SHR will sell out to another HMS puppet to run the races.       

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 11:02 am

Crew chief Darian Grubb leaving Stewart's team

You guys are blind if you didn't notice that race was won completely by Stewart and he makes the calls 99% of the time. The fuel mileage call is one of the few Grubb made during the year and it came awful close to costing Tony if not for the rain, who knows how close it would have been.

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:28 am

Crew chief Darian Grubb leaving Stewart's team

The Season is very long, I am sure at some point in the season when things weren't going as well they realized that they didn't work that well together. For all know someone else might have been behind the scenes make the calls during the week. If Steve Addington comes in I think that would be great for Tony nor would I be surprised if Zippy ended his relationship with the #20 Car. Changes need to be made to that program. Lets face it having a 20 year old do Home Depot Commericals is a nightmare for marking, Tony's Commericals with them made sense and were somewhat funny (people remember them) Joey and he commericals blow I could also see Gibbs asking them to leave and picking up Rudy.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 9:02 am

Crew chief Darian Grubb leaving Stewart's team

Grubb is not going to be leaving the organization, he will take some of Tony's duties as the owner so Tony can just race. If you watched the race and the trophy presentation you all ready knew grubb was going nowhere.

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 6:07 am

Crew chief Darian Grubb leaving Stewart's team

Addington should be the perfect fit for Stewart, he the crew chief that specializes in egos. Grubb will end up better in the long run, especially now that he holds the championship card. Someday he thank Stewart for booting him.

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