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Tony Stewart leaves Joe Gibbs Racing

Tony Stewart leaves Joe Gibbs Racing Popular NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was granted a release from the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, it was announced today. After 10 years with the team, including two championships, Tony Stewart will move on and to HAAS CNC Racing as a part-owner and driver, ensuring his future in NASCAR long after his driving days are over. According to reports, the HAAS CNC Racing team will change its name in 2009 to Stewart Haas Racing. Speculations in the media claim that Tony Stewart will change his car number to #14, in honor of his hero A.J. Foyt, as well as have Old Spice and/or Office Depot as his main sponsors. Gene Haas, the owner of the two-car team, is serving a two-year prison sentence for tax evasion since January and the team was devastated in May by stiff NASCAR penalties for bringing illegal cars to a race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Another rumor has it Ryan Newman will be the second driver of Stewart Haas Racing.

 Tony Stewart's contract with JGR ran through 2009, but the Gibbs family finally gave the NASCAR driver a way out, after numerous attempts to resign Stewart to JGR failed. The team is expected to replace Tony Stewart with Joey Logano, with Home Depot staying on board as the sponsor.

 Published on 07/09/2008

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