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Tony Stewart stressing out over sponsorship woes

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09:58 AM ET 09.15 | There was news going around the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet on Friday that Tony Stewart was nearing a deal to get Bass Pro Shops to replace Office Depot as his primary sponsor for 2013. When Stewart heard that, he buried his head in his hands and said he wouldn't comment. Since Office Depot announced two weeks ago that they were not renewing their primary sponsorship for Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart has taken on more stress than he's already had. Earlier in the summer, Stewart also found out that his other driver, Ryan Newman, lost his U.S. Army sponsorship. That's two major sources of revenue that Stewart-Haas needs to replace for next year.

Chicago Sun Times

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September 15, 2012  10:25 AM ET

Welcome to the real world of Owner/Driver.. did you think that sponsors would just come running to you begging to be on your car just because you're Tony Stewart??.. Think again.. dough boy!!

September 15, 2012  10:32 AM ET

You can bet your south end he is not the only owner/driver frettin' about where the $$ are coming from ... this year, I haven't seen a track that has the seats full ...

September 15, 2012  05:45 PM ET

Poor guy...couldn't happen to a sweeter fella!

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September 16, 2012  12:21 PM ET
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Smoke is the reigning Champion and he is having trouble with sponsorship? That is really a bad omen for NASCAR in general.

Nascar is dead. The Chase... the COT... no bumping, no driver personalities, praise the sponsor... be politically correct... wave around... lucky dog... Speed TV..

Come on folks fill in the rest.

September 16, 2012  12:31 PM ET

By the time this season is over Tony will have the sponsors he needs so no worries there. Chase about to start!

September 16, 2012  12:35 PM ET
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Smoke is the reigning Champion and he is having trouble with sponsorship? That is really a bad omen for NASCAR in general. Maybe if the France family would stop bending over backwards for the felon and Chevrolet many long time fans would be less disillusioned with how the series is managed WWF style.

Interesting comment in a strange kind of way.

September 16, 2012  05:57 PM ET

With boring **** races like today's, sponsors aren't interested.

September 16, 2012  06:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Nascar is dead. The Chase... the COT... no bumping, no driver personalities, praise the sponsor... be politically correct... wave around... lucky dog... Speed TV.. Come on folks fill in the rest.

couldn't agree with you more

September 17, 2012  08:07 AM ET

Well if you where Bass Pro wouldn't you rather sponser Stewart then Truex, I would think it would be a little better advertisement.

Stewart won't have no problem finding a sponser,the Bass Pro deal was probably suppose to be kept quit till the details where worked out.

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September 17, 2012  03:21 PM ET

tony eury jr released from JRM.. smh

September 17, 2012  04:26 PM ET

Jeff Gordon is a goner! Been that way for a few years now.

September 17, 2012  04:27 PM ET

Ex residence member on the "most active" now. Wonder where he is commenting?

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September 18, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Check out the video in extra mustard of Stewart grabbing Harvicks wifes butt befor the race sunday, then she hugs him and Stewart still feeling it up.

September 18, 2012  11:08 AM ET

Tony will get things sorted out.......as for the Chase this year, no one is a sure thing......the lead will probably change each race.....and that is how it should be,

 
September 18, 2012  11:09 AM ET

Toni looks like a pshychopath in that picture.

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