Postman noticed an article on ESPN.com last night and proceeded to share it with me. I mean I give him credit, he does know how to keep me informed about my driver. According to this article over at ESPN.com, multiple sources have said that Tony is looking for car sponsorhsips for his potential move to Haas CNC. And another soucre close to the situation have Ryan Newman tagged as a possible second driver. It seems Office Depot and Old Spice have moved to the top of the sponsor leader board. If this is all true as sources close to the situation have stated, then this fan will definitely go into debt supporting the Office Depot sponsor. Next to NASCAR, office supplies are my other addiction. Some people like to shop for shoes, clothes, etc…not me…put me in an office supply store and I am happy for hours. One of my fellow workers even crowned me the “Office Supply Whore”. So my main addiction NASCAR would certainly feed the other, slightly small-less annoying, addiction. I mean I would have to support my driver’s sponsor which ultimately may leave me broke and standing on a corner looking for my next office supply hit.
As we have heard for pretty much the last few months, Tony may or may not be moving to another team after the 2008 season. We know his contract with JGR runs through 2009. We know JGR wants to try to keep Tony behind the 2009 season and perhaps would like for him to retire there. We also know Tony is intereested in becoming a car owner. Other than that, that’s all I want to know at this point in the season.
Has all of this talk of moving from JGR had an effect on his performance? I don’t know. I am sure it has some a little. Uncertanity within a team can perhaps create some ill feelings among crew members. I am not close to the situation so I could speculate on anything they may be occuring over at JGR. I do know when you have someone who is leaving your workplace for other pastures, it is sometimes hard to be positive and upbeat knowing they will not be around to celebrate the fruits of your labor.
I always have to chuckle when reporters use the phrase “according to multiple sources close to the situation”. I know this something that occurs quite often in reporting. But until I hear the words from Tony Stewart himself, and to be honest he is the closest to the situation, I will assume Tony is staying at JGR for next season.
I believe once Tony decides on what he wants to do with his future, everything else will fall into place with all the other rumors, half-truths and conspiracies. Plus no matter what Tony decides for his future, it is his to make and this fan will follow whereever he might land.
One last thing…I want you to know I gave it the “old college try” on Monday. I honestly tried to sit down and watch “Talladega Nights”. I did. I sat threw the first 30 minutes or so of the movie. I went into this watching experience with an open mind and I came to one conclusion…THAT’S 30 MINUTES OF MY LIFE I CAN’T GET BACK!