Stewart says he was ticked at rumors of Addington being replaced


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Tony Stewart took the checkered flag Sunday at Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. It was his 48th career win and third ever at Dover but only his first win since the July 2012 race at Daytona. Prior to his win, Stewart’s best finish came one week ago at Charlotte, where he finished seventh.

There had been rumors floating around due to Stewart struggling this season, and prior to his win on Sunday that crew chief Steve Addington was on his way out the door. Stewart had words against that when he spoke with media after the race.

“I was ticked,” Stewart said.

“I don’t need that crap. I’ve got enough stuff to worry about, keeping three cars competitive and trying to get them in that state and having to deal with a bunch of bull crap that’s inaccurate and speculation.” You might want to talk to the guys that write the checks, the guys that work there, and find out the facts before you guys go throwing darts on the dartboard.”

“I’ll be honest, it pissed me off because it was a big distraction to my team, my organization. It kept us from doing our job, because people are hearing humors and reading what you guys write, and it was totally inaccurate and unprofessional in my opinion.” Stewart said.

Stewart’s win moves him to 16th in the points, he becomes the only driver with a win outside of the top 10, meaning Stewart currently holds one of two wild card spots and puts himself into contention to make NASCAR’s 10- race post season, Chase.

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