Stewart considering adding to team

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SONOMA, Calif. -- Tony Stewart said Friday he was open to adding a third Sprint Cup car to Stewart Haas Racing in 2010 if the right sponsor/driver combination was available.

"It's a possibility," he said. "I made a promise [to team members] not try to grow too fast too soon.

"I wanted to make sure we had two cars that were competitive and had a chance to win a championship. I'm proud of the fact that I think we're at that point. So if the right situation came along, we would entertain it."

Stewart has proven this season that an owner/driver can be successful again at the Cup level. He leads the points standings in the No. 14 Chevrolet and won at Pocono two weeks ago.

Ryan Newman, Stewart's teammate, ranks fifth in the season standings with eight top-10 finishes in the No. 39 Chevy.

Stewart, a two-time Cup champion while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, left JGR at the end of last season to become to the controlling partner of Haas Racing, which was renamed Stewart Haas Racing.

The Haas operation never was competitive in the past, so Stewart's success this season has surprised almost everyone.

Stewart would not say who he might consider as a driver or what company might step up to sponsor a third car.

He was asked specifically about IndyCar Series racer Danica Patrick, who said she is considering moving to NASCAR.

"Sorry, we don't pay attention to that stuff," Stewart said. "Contrary to what people may think, we're pretty busy around here. We don't watch others. I have no idea. I have enough to worry about."

One of Stewart's worries at the moment is the financial cutbacks GM is making to its NASCAR teams because of the bankruptcy process.

"We got our budget cut, but we still get support from Chevy and I'm proud of that," Stewart said. "It's hard. It's an especially hard situation for [GM]. We have to look at all the numbers, but we'll make it through the year OK."
 

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I can see Bass Pro Shops leaving EGR, but who would they get to drive it? Brad K? He's still unproven, no matter what people think of that win at Talladega.

MMM needs to give up that #4, too. It hasn't been on the track in over a year :shock:
 

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I never said Joey couldn't get better, I was saying Brad can't be any worse then Joey has been simple as that... I could totally see Tony take on Brad.
 

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I ain't getting defensive... I am just stating the obvious....

I don't see Brad doing that well either, I never said he was kicking azz. I agree to a point his win at Dega was lucky but it was also smart as well, he did what anyone out there on the track would have done. Dega usually turns out to be a lucky win most times I think..
 

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Let's rephrase it :right:

Brad couldn't do any worse then...say....Casey Mears? :shock:
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I never said Joey couldn't get better, I was saying Brad can't be any worse then Joey has been simple as that... I could totally see Tony take on Brad.

Lets be honest with ourselves for just a minute, if Mr. H wants Brad K. in a third Stewart-Haas car next year he will be. I think Brad will probably be in a third Stewart car next year until either Mark Martin or Jeff Gordon (back issues) retires. Brad is gonna get every opportunity imaginable to be the "future" of Hendrick Motorsports. Mr. H is not gonna let him get away at least until he gets his shot to see if he can cut it full time. Just my 2cents.
 

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Lets be honest with ourselves for just a minute, if Mr. H wants Brad K. in a third Stewart-Haas car next year he will be. I think Brad will probably be in a third Stewart car next year until either Mark Martin or Jeff Gordon (back issues) retires. Brad is gonna get every opportunity imaginable to be the "future" of Hendrick Motorsports. Mr. H is not gonna let him get away at least until he gets his shot to see if he can cut it full time. Just my 2cents.

:ter: Yes I completely agree with you... And I have to say, I really like Brad and I wish him nothing but the best with his future in Nascar...:bigthumbup:
 

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Lets be honest with ourselves for just a minute, if Mr. H wants Brad K. in a third Stewart-Haas car next year he will be. I think Brad will probably be in a third Stewart car next year until either Mark Martin or Jeff Gordon (back issues) retires. Brad is gonna get every opportunity imaginable to be the "future" of Hendrick Motorsports. Mr. H is not gonna let him get away at least until he gets his shot to see if he can cut it full time. Just my 2cents.

I agree that Brad will probably be in a Stewart but I doubt he will then move to Hendrick later. Hendrick will probably come up with the next phenom by then and sign him/her.