Steve Addington leaves Penske Racing

Kurt Busch celebrates with the trophy along with crew chief Steve Addington in victory lane after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 2, 2011 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

Rumors of Steven Addington’s departure from Penske Racing began floating around in October at Charlotte Motor Speedway and while both parties adamantly denied the rumors, Tuesday’s announcement came as no surprise.

Penske Racing team president Tim Cindric confirmed Addington’s departure and issued the following statement:

“Steve Addington is no longer with our organization. We appreciate the successes we experienced together and wish him the best in his future endeavors.” the team said in a statement issued on Tuesday. 

In the two years as Kurt Busch’s crew chief, Steve Addington has led him to four victories, 17 top-fives, 33 top-1os, five poles, and even made NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup both years. Both seasons where met with some drama. There had been many issues of cussing and disagreement on the radio that had been broadcasted during the races.

It has been rumored around the NASCAR garage that Addington could be headed to Stewart-Haas Racing as the crew chief for 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Tony Stewart.  As we reported on Monday, Darian Grubb confirmed after the race that he would not be back with the organization.

Penske officials have not announced a replacement for Kurt Busch. Stay tuned to StockCar Spin for the latest information.

 

Topics: Kurt Busch, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Penske Racing, Steve Addington

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