Published on November 23rd, 2011 | by Michael J Smith3
Addington Leaves Penske; Headed To SHR?
Crew chief Steve Addington has left Penske Racing and driver Kurt Busch, multiple sources confirmed. Rumor has it that he is headed to Stewart Haas Racing to replace Darian Grubb, who was informed that he would no longer be with the team in October.
Ironically, Grubb led Stewart to five Chase victories and his third Sprint Cup title, despite being let go. It is hard to believe that Grubb will be unemployed for long.
Addington joined Penske before the start of the 2010 season after spending two seasons as crew chief for Kurt’s younger brother, Kyle, at Joe Gibbs Racing.
With Kurt Busch, Addington won four races in two seasons, but the relationship was rocky, with Busch’s radio rants garnering much media attention.
The elder Busch may have to reevaluate his behavior and attitude if he wants to attract a quality crew chief, as his relationships with Addington and his previous crew chief Pat Tryson have both been rocky. Any candidates are bound to know this and it will surely affect their decision.