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November 29, 2011 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
TONY STEWART had made a decision to fire crew chief Darian Grubb, and winning the NASCAR championship didn't change his mind. Grubb was officially replaced yesterday, 8 days after guiding Stewart to the Sprint Cup title. Steve Addington, who quit as Kurt Busch's crew chief last week, takes over immediately - and begins work as Stewart and Grubb head to Las Vegas to begin the championship celebration. Grubb was told midway through the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship that he was going to be let go at the end of the season.
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July 16, 2012 | Associated Press
LOUDON, N.H. - Kasey Kahne got his second Sprint Cup win of the season. Denny Hamlin and his crew chief had trouble communicating. Kahne took the lead from Hamlin during a restart on the 240th lap of the 300-lap race at the one-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. The winner was helped by miscommunication between Hamlin, who wanted two tires changed, and crew chief Darian Grubb, who thought he wanted four. That longer pit stop left Hamlin all the way back in 13th place, but he kept passing cars until only Kahne remained in front.
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February 14, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Jimmie Johnson's crew chief was thrown out of the Daytona 500 yesterday for illegal modifications made to Johnson's car during pole qualifying. Chad Knaus was accused of raising the rear window on the No. 48 Chevrolet to alter aerodynamics during Johnson's run Sunday. The infraction was discovered in a postqualifying inspection when the car failed to fit NASCAR templates. NASCAR said Knaus cannot appeal the ejection. NASCAR also said the Hendrick Motorsports team could be subject to additional penalties, which would be announced after Sunday's Daytona 500. Team owner Rick Hendrick said lead engineer Darian Grubb will replace Knaus as crew chief for Sunday's "Great American Race.
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September 20, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
JOLIET, Ill. - Tony Stewart took himself out of title contention before the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. A topsy-turvy season led the two-time NASCAR champion to cross his name off the list of drivers he believes are legitimate title contenders, and nothing he did on track at Chicagoland Speedway changed his mind. That includes winning. Stewart picked up his first win of the season yesterday - a day after rain washed out the opening round of the 10-race Chase - by flawlessly conserving fuel to the finish.
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June 8, 2009 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
Last-place starters are not supposed to win major races. Occasionally, however, there are exceptions. Yesterday's Pocono 500 was one of them. Tony Stewart managed a last-to-first journey at Pocono Raceway in taking the NASCAR Sprint Cup series event. He even supplied extra drama by crossing the start/finish line in his Chevrolet almost on fumes. As the points leader, Stewart was scheduled to start on the pole yesterday after Friday's qualifying was rained out. However, during Saturday's morning practice, he damaged his red No. 14 race car when he spun exiting Turn 2. He had to start his backup car at the rear of the 43-car field.
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June 8, 2009 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
Racing from worst to first, Tony Stewart charged through the field at Pocono Raceway yesterday like a man in a hurry. But just when he got close enough to see the finish line, Stewart had to take his time getting there. "I hate racing like this," Stewart bellowed over his in-car radio while easing off the throttle over the final laps of the Pocono 500. But by feathering the gas pedal of his No. 14 Chevrolet and getting timely coaching from crew chief Darian Grubb, Stewart conserved enough fuel down the stretch to claim his 34th career victory.
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October 1, 2012 | Associated Press
DOVER, Del. - Could it really be true love between Denny Hamlin and Dover? So far, it's at least a crush. His performance Sunday will determine the fate of this relationship. Trying his best to adjust his approach toward his least-favorite track, Hamlin's reignited courtship produced fantastic results Saturday when he turned a lap of 159.299 m.p.h. to win the pole at Dover International Speedway. Hamlin has been open in his disdain for the one-mile concrete oval and knew he'd have to conquer his Dover demons to keep his driven bid for his first career Cup championship rolling along.
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August 26, 2012 | Associated Press
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Denny Hamlin moved toward the top seed in NASCAR's championship race by using a calculated late pass to win for the first time at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin flirted with Carl Edwards for the lead late in the race, and set up the move with 39 laps remaining Saturday night. Hamlin used a slide move to get past Edwards, then held on as Edwards tried to use a cross-over move to get back in front. It didn't work for Edwards, and Hamlin drove away for his third victory of the season.
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November 29, 2011
Tony Stewart made a decision to fire crew chief Darian Grubb , and winning the NASCAR championship didn't change his mind. Grubb was officially replaced Monday, eight days after guiding Stewart to the Sprint Cup title. Steve Addington , who quit as Kurt Busch 's crew chief last week, takes over immediately - and begins work as Stewart and Grubb head to Las Vegas to begin the championship celebration. "I know Steve well and I know how he goes about setting up a race car," said Stewart, who worked with Addington from 2005 through 2008 during his time at Joe Gibbs Racing.
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November 14, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
AFTER ALL the racing, crashing and fighting, the Chase's final four are pumping their gas pedals, ready to roll. Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick are the only drivers eligible to win the championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. None has won a Sprint Cup series title. The champion doesn't have to win the Homestead race: He just has to be the highest finisher among the final four. As we pointed out 2 weeks ago, the champion could be Newman, who is winless this year and has led 17 only laps in the Chase (see accompanying box)
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September 26, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
ROBIN PEMBERTON has been NASCAR's vice president of competition and racing development for 10 years. It's a stressful job that includes handling complaints and disciplining drivers and race teams. Prior to moving into his VP position, Pemberton was a Cup series crew chief for Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and Kyle Petty. So Pemberton always will be empathetic toward crew chiefs for the stress they endure, particularly during the Chase. Prior to races crew chiefs probably make hundreds of decisions regarding their teams.
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October 1, 2012 | Associated Press
DOVER, Del. - Could it really be true love between Denny Hamlin and Dover? So far, it's at least a crush. His performance Sunday will determine the fate of this relationship. Trying his best to adjust his approach toward his least-favorite track, Hamlin's reignited courtship produced fantastic results Saturday when he turned a lap of 159.299 m.p.h. to win the pole at Dover International Speedway. Hamlin has been open in his disdain for the one-mile concrete oval and knew he'd have to conquer his Dover demons to keep his driven bid for his first career Cup championship rolling along.
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September 14, 2012 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
TRYING TO sort out the NASCAR Chase contenders is as difficult as picking a dozen ears of corn at a quality produce stand: almost all look good. This year's 12 Chasers are all solid contenders. Two former Chase champions, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson, are in the field. Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth also are titlists, but they won before the Chase format began in 2004. Gordon and Johnson have won 31 races at Chase race tracks. Stewart is the only Chaser to win at all 10 Chase tracks.
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August 26, 2012 | Associated Press
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Denny Hamlin moved toward the top seed in NASCAR's championship race by using a calculated late pass to win for the first time at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin flirted with Carl Edwards for the lead late in the race, and set up the move with 39 laps remaining Saturday night. Hamlin used a slide move to get past Edwards, then held on as Edwards tried to use a cross-over move to get back in front. It didn't work for Edwards, and Hamlin drove away for his third victory of the season.
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July 16, 2012 | Associated Press
LOUDON, N.H. - Kasey Kahne got his second Sprint Cup win of the season. Denny Hamlin and his crew chief had trouble communicating. Kahne took the lead from Hamlin during a restart on the 240th lap of the 300-lap race at the one-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. The winner was helped by miscommunication between Hamlin, who wanted two tires changed, and crew chief Darian Grubb, who thought he wanted four. That longer pit stop left Hamlin all the way back in 13th place, but he kept passing cars until only Kahne remained in front.
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February 23, 2012 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, fleiscb@phillynews.com
NASCAR THRIVES on speed and story lines. Each year there's always plenty of speed. Same with story lines for the soap opera on wheels. As the Sprint Cup race teams prepare for Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500, here are some major themes: *  Will Tony Stewart's memorable charge to last year's championship carry over? Stewart won five of the 10 Chase races, including the last one. He has a new crew chief, Steve Addington, previously Kyle Busch's crew chief. After guiding Stewart to last year's Sprint Cup championship, Darian Grubb is now with Denny Hamlin.
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November 29, 2011 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
TONY STEWART had made a decision to fire crew chief Darian Grubb, and winning the NASCAR championship didn't change his mind. Grubb was officially replaced yesterday, 8 days after guiding Stewart to the Sprint Cup title. Steve Addington, who quit as Kurt Busch's crew chief last week, takes over immediately - and begins work as Stewart and Grubb head to Las Vegas to begin the championship celebration. Grubb was told midway through the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship that he was going to be let go at the end of the season.
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November 29, 2011
Tony Stewart made a decision to fire crew chief Darian Grubb , and winning the NASCAR championship didn't change his mind. Grubb was officially replaced Monday, eight days after guiding Stewart to the Sprint Cup title. Steve Addington , who quit as Kurt Busch 's crew chief last week, takes over immediately - and begins work as Stewart and Grubb head to Las Vegas to begin the championship celebration. "I know Steve well and I know how he goes about setting up a race car," said Stewart, who worked with Addington from 2005 through 2008 during his time at Joe Gibbs Racing.
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November 23, 2011
FOR THOSE who think NASCAR's greatest times were all before 1990, please tip the ol' restrictor plate to Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart . Johnson's reign ended Sunday following an unprecedented five consecutive Sprint Cup championships. Johnson's successor is Stewart. All he did was win half the 10 Chase races, including three of the last four. Stewart's victory drive at Homestead, which clinched his third Cup title, was masterful. People will remember how Stewart twice drove from the back of the field to lead the final 36 laps.
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