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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