Friday, October 14, 2011
Addington Expected To Leave Penske Racing
Addington has steadfastly refused to comment on his status with the team, and Penske Racing spokesman Jonathan Gibson told the Charlotte Observer, "We make it a practice to not comment on rumors and speculation.”
The relationship between Busch and Addington has been rocky at times. At Richmond International Raceway in May, Busch complained bitterly about his car’s handling early in the race, saying to Addington: “I can’t fix this. Neither can you. We look like a monkey #$%&ing a football. The #$%&ing Penske (cars) are a #$%&ing joke. #$%& everybody.” He later berated then-Penske Racing Technical Director Tom German in that same race, saying, “Knock yourself out (adjusting the car). According to German he doesn’t like driver input anyway.”
Busch is hardly the only driver to berate his crew in public during times of stress. But the frequency of Busch's attacks -- and their ferocity -- will apparently cost the 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion the services of a crew chief who many consider to be one of the best in NASCAR.
Addington is expected to finish the season atop the #22 pit box, as the team attempts to climb from sixth place in championship points to win Busch’s second career championship.