RELATED: Keep updated on the 2016 changes for drivers, crew chiefs Stewart -Haas Racing announced Monday its crew chief lineup for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including high-profile changes for two of its four teams. Michael Bugarewicz will become the new crew chief for team co-owner/driver Tony Stewart as he embarks on his final full season in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Billy Scott will take over as crew chief for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 Chevy. Bugarewicz, a 33-year-old native of Lehighton, Pennsylvania, makes the transition from his previous role with SHR as race engineer on the No. 4 Chevrolet team for 2014 series champion Kevin Harvick . He previously spent time with Roush Fenway Racing in an engineering role for the No. 17 Ford and drivers Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr . from 2011-13. Bugarewicz replaces Chad Johnston, who left to become the crew chief for Kyle Larson and the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet team. The 2016 season will mark Stewart's last campaign in the sport's top series. RELATED: Stewart to retire from Cup after 2016 " Johnston heads to CGR "We have great people at Stewart -Haas Racing and these changes prove that," Stewart said in a release provided by the team. "We were able to promote from within while also adding new talent. Change isn’t easy, and that’s particularly true when it comes to my relationship with Chad Johnston. He served as my crew chief during two very difficult seasons. He was always supportive and he's become like a brother to me. I think very highly of Chad and wish him nothing but the best in his new opportunity." Scott joins Stewart -Haas after an eight-year tenure as an engineer and later a crew chief with Michael Waltrip Racing , which shut its doors at season's end. The transition reunites Scott with Rodney Childers, who joined SHR in 2014 after five years with the Waltrip-owned team. The 38-year-old from Land O' Lakes, Florida, replaces Daniel Knost, who has been promoted to the senior leadership role of manager of vehicle dynamics within the Stewart -Haas organization. The driver/crew chief lineups remain intact for the two SHR teams that qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs this season. Childers will return atop the pit box for Harvick's No. 4 entry, and Tony Gibson will again be paired with Kurt Busch in 2016. "We made these changes after thoroughly evaluating our program to ensure that all four of our teams are consistently strong and competitive," said Greg Zipadelli, Stewart -Haas Racing 's vice president of competition. "In this business, you can't rest and you can never be satisfied. You have to constantly improve. We feel these personnel changes enhance our strengths and shore up areas where we needed to be better."
Carl Edwards went from interviewee to interviewer during FS1's "Race Day" pre-race show, turning the tables on a photobombing Tony Stewart . 'Smoke' approached Edwards in his golf cart during a live shot, startling the Joe Gibbs Racing driver … before granting him an interview. Looks like another classic Stewart move. Classic @TonyStewart ! Smoke #VideoBombs #CarlEdwards during his live interview with #NASCAR #RaceDay . https://t.co/QebiKKspMh — AtTheBuzzer (@TheBuzzerOnFOX) November 15, 2015
Editor's note: Every Friday, "Tweets You Might Have Missed" will present eight of the best NASCAR-related tweets from the week. 1. Not everyone can say they have a legit pig in a blanket #Porkchop pic.twitter.com/9ZmYv6im0v — Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) November 12, 2015 2. Go kart stuck in high + whiskey throttle = mommy her pants!!!!!!!! — DeLana Harvick (@DeLanaHarvick) November 10, 2015 3. Restoration of original Metrolina Speedway sign completed. @LostSpeedways pic.twitter.com/jguNuiPMTu — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) November 12, 2015 4. Drake is soft like tissue. https://t.co/ZKP5elXEXZ — Mark Martin (@markmartin) November 9, 2015 5. I got it bad... 2 secs from literally leaving this house w/ everything in it. The sun was playing tricks on me pic.twitter.com/2pKclDXIrM — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) November 12, 2015 6. Pure beauty happy race day! pic.twitter.com/k08UQEYlvU — Paige (@epaigewhite) November 8, 2015 7. Can anyone tell me how to get to @DISupdates My Dad keeps saying practice, practice, practice @CateEvernham pic.twitter.com/wBY9cJMcAU — ray evernham (@RayEvernham) November 10, 2015 8. I don't know what a #BAE is but they seem to be gaining momentum. They now have a system and planes. Look out. pic.twitter.com/gKkOGsHzw8 — Michael Waltrip (@mw55) November 8, 2015 FAN TWEET OF THE WEEK: He's so happy https://t.co/dBg5dLnNXN — Matt Harrington (@Matt2Harrington) November 11, 2015
NASCAR.com's Costner Merrifield and Taylor Starer catch you up on some of the best tweets from around the NASCAR community including Tony Stewart and his pig.
'Smoke' dresses as Carmen Miranda, all in the name of Halloween Tony Stewart may have topped Tony Gibson for the best Halloween costume, but let's be honest -- there are no winners here. Gibson, crew chief of Kurt Busch , and Stewart traded playful tweets in advance of Wednesday's Halloween party about who would have the better costume. Even Gibson dressing as literally a middle finger couldn't top Stewart's cross-dressing. It seems ol' 'Smoke' is bringing new meaning to the term "high-drag package." Yep!!! I lost... @TonyStewart wins pic.twitter.com/HqmkGpukRH — Tony Gibson (@TonyOldman41) October 28, 2015 Cannot. Unsee.
Tony Stewart spins but doesn't make contact with the wall early in the Hollywood Casino 400.
RELATED: Updated series standings " Chase Grid KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Seven spots in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup remain up for grabs heading into Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). While there is plenty of excitement over the action that will take place and wondering who will make it through to the next round, Stewart -Haas Racing driver and co-owner Tony Stewart is not a fan of having the 2.66-mile track in the Chase. "I have never thought it was good to have it in the Chase, especially with this format," Stewart said following Kurt Busch 's press conference on Wednesday at SHR to announce a co-primary sponsorship with Monster Energy. "You've got teams that have worked too hard all year, and two guys in front that aren't a factor in it (the Chase) could totally dictate somebody's season this weekend. "I think Talladega and Daytona races are great, but I don't know that when it comes time to individual performances, a race like this is the right race." The Talladega fall race is the sixth race of the Chase and the third and final race of the Contender Round. Upon the completion of the race, four drivers will be eliminated from the playoff field and eight drivers will move on to the Eliminator Round. Entering Talladega, both of SHR's Chase teams, Kurt Busch and defending series champion Kevin Harvick , are above the cutline to advance to the next round. But at Talladega, that can all change in one fell swoop with "The Big One," not to mention the differing strategies that will be in play at the Alabama superspeedway. "From a driver's side, it's like we've always said, it's a chess match," Stewart explained. "You are trying to figure out where to be at the right times. There's guys that from the drop of the green to the checkered, race their guts out. And there's guys that don't race until 20 to go. Both systems work and don't work at different times. The hard part is just trying ... I think everybody has to sit there and go with the attitude of driving to run your race and analyze what you think is the best strategy. "From an owner's side, you sit there and there's nothing you can do about it anyway. It's all out of your control because there's so many -- everybody else dictates everybody else's outcome." Last month, the three-time champion announced the 2016 season would be his final season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Since he did not qualify for the 2015 postseason, Stewart has turned his attention toward getting a head start on the recently announced 2016 rules package that will be similar in many ways to the low downforce setups run in July at Kentucky Speedway and in September at Darlington Raceway . "Probably the most excited I've been about a rules package in a long time," Stewart said. "It's been going the other direction and finally, I think through a lot of people's effort and NASCAR. ... This is probably one of the coolest times to be a part of this sport as far as working with NASCAR and how much they've leaned on the manufacturers, Goodyear, the drivers, the team owners to make this as good as it can be. I don't know that we'll get all the way there in one year, but I think it's a great, great start." RELATED: Learn more about the 2016 rules package
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- All four Stewart -Haas Racing Chevrolets failed pre-qualifying inspection Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway due to the same issue -- improper assembly of the radiator inlet duct panels, which did not conform to NASCAR rules, according to a NASCAR spokesperson. All four teams -- the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick , the No. 10 of Danica Patrick , the No. 14 of Tony Stewart and the No. 41 of Kurt Busch -- had to replace the duct panels, a lengthy process that caused the Nos. 4 and 41 teams to still be in the garage working under the hood 90 minutes before qualifying began. Those two cars were the last out of the garage, getting final approval less than an hour before single-car qualifying began at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Any penalties would be announced next week, according to a NASCAR spokesperson. If there are points penalties, a potential appeal would also be expedited due to Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup points implications. Rodney Childers, crew chief of the No. 4, doesn't expect a points deduction, though. @Freak4Harvick shouldn't be.. Just a visual thing. Wasn't performance related at all. Doesn't do anything. — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) October 24, 2015 Harvick finished seventh in Saturday's qualifying, the highest of the SHR vehicles. Stewart was 12th, Busch was 14th and Patrick was 20th. Patrick and Stewart will start from the rear, though. The No. 10 team changed transmissions Sunday morning, and the No. 14 team made adjustments. Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon will lead the field to green in Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) after winning his 81st career Coors Light Pole Award.
Jeff Gordon holds off Tony Stewart and earns a victory on the 1-year anniversary of the tragic Hendrick Motorsports plane crash.
Tony Stewart's infamous Halloween costume lives on at "The Paperclip" Tony Stewart probably thought his *ahem* interesting Halloween costume choice had a one-night shelf life, running its course after the party he and crew chief Tony Gibson attended on Wednesday night. RELATED: Stewart shows off new 'drag' package His No. 14 Stewart -Haas Racing team members thought differently. #NASCAR ... Name over door of @TonyStewart 's car. @NASCARonNBC @NBCSports pic.twitter.com/yebDCrcsCi — Dustin Long (@dustinlong) October 30, 2015 It's unconfirmed just exactly whose brilliant handiwork this is -- possibly a scorned, costume contest-losing Gibson -- but one thing's for sure: those in the NASCAR garage won't be letting 'Smoke' live this one down for awhile. As possibly the garage's most notorious prankster, Tony probably had this one coming. And just in case you needed a reminder/terrible dreams tonight, here's the costume in question. Yep!!! I lost... @TonyStewart wins pic.twitter.com/HqmkGpukRH — Tony Gibson (@TonyOldman41) October 28, 2015