Owner won two titles with 'Smoke' RELATED: Complete coverage of Tony Stewart incident Joe Gibbs, who won 33 races and two championships with Tony Stewart from 1999-2008, said Tuesday from his team's headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina, that the time hasn't yet been right for him to reach out to the racer. ''I didn't feel like it was the right time (to call him),'' Gibbs said, according to the Associated Press. ''We all love Tony . I love what he did for us here. We all know he's a racer's racer, and he's big for our sport.'' Stewart has missed the past two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races since an August 9 sprint car tragedy in which fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. died. Several drivers at Michigan last week said they had reached out to Stewart to offer support, and had not yet heard back. All those drivers also reiterated that racing sprint cars was a passion for Stewart, something Gibbs picked up early in their relationship. ''I had to spend 30 minutes listening to him how he won a dirt late model race," Gibbs said. "He was so excited. I came to the conclusion that was him -- for him to be happy and doing the things that he wanted to do, he was going to be racing. ''Tony's got great courage. He's smart. He loves this sport. He's totally focused on it. He doesn't have distractions. He's very important to our sport. This is a horrible thing to have happen for the Ward family, for him.'' MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Four spots in the Chase Grid remain heading into the 24th race of the season RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today All 12 race winners in 2014 have clinched a spot in the top 30 in driver points and a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, provided they qualifying for the final three races of the regular season. Those drivers, in current Chase Grid order, are Jeff Gordon , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Brad Keselowski , Jimmie Johnson , Joey Logano , Kevin Harvick , Carl Edwards , Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin , Aric Almirola , AJ Allmendinger and Kurt Busch have clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, provided they attempt to qualify for the remaining four races. If a winless driver wins this weekend, and is 97 or more points ahead of 31st place, he or she will also clinch a spot. No winless drivers can clinch a spot in the Chase after the Irwin Tools Night Race (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC). Three-time Bristol winner Matt Kenseth , Ryan Newman , Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle are in the provisional grid for now and on the bubble with Kasey Kahne , Austin Dillon , Kyle Larson and Marcos Ambrose , fifth-place finisher at Bristol in March, who are the first four drivers outside the grid. See the full rundown below. 2014 Chase Grid Outlook Pos. Drivers Wins Points Chase Bonus Pts 1 Jeff Gordon 3 816 9 2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3 813 9 3 Brad Keselowski 3 733 9 4 Jimmie Johnson 3 686 9 5 Joey Logano 2 714 6 6 Kevin Harvick 2 687 6 7 Carl Edwards 2 679 6 8 Kyle Busch 1 620 3 9 Denny Hamlin 1 589 3 10 Aric Almirola 1 556 3 11 AJ Allmendinger 1 556 3 12 Kurt Busch 1 543 3 13 Matt Kenseth 0 709 0 14 Ryan Newman 0 679 0 15 Clint Bowyer 0 672 0 16 Greg Biffle 0 660 0 Outside Looking In 17 Kasey Kahne 0 651 0 18 Austin Dillon 0 638 0 19 Kyle Larson 0 636 0 20 Marcos Ambrose 0 616 0 21 Paul Menard 0 614 0 22 Brian Vickers 0 598 0 23 Jamie McMurray 0 596 0 24 Casey Mears 0 543 0 25 Tony Stewart 0 537 0 26 Martin Truex Jr. 0 516 0 27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0 476 0 28 Danica Patrick 0 445 0 29 Justin Allgaier 0 400 0 30 Michael Annett 0 364 0 Green = Locked into the Chase, provided they attempt to qualify for the remaining four races Orange = No wins, Inside the current Chase Grid's top 16 - Currently in the Chase, not locked in Red = Inside the current top 30 in points, outside of the Chase cutoff MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Stewart is entered in the race while he weighs options
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