NASCAR: Where Do Tony Stewart and SHR Stand After Losing Office Depot?

Hugo OlguinContributor IIISeptember 2, 2012

The ups and downs of Tony Stewart's 2012 season continue.
The ups and downs of Tony Stewart's 2012 season continue.Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Stewart-Haas Racing is going to have a long road ahead after the 2012 season.

It was reported that Office Depot, which is one of Tony Stewart's primary sponsors, was not renewing its contract after the 2012 season (via  

This is news after Tony Stewart won the pole for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart's season has been full of ups and downs on and off the track.  While Stewart has three wins this season, he is 10th in points after inconsistent runs have plagued his team all season long.

Stewart is going to have to find sponsors to fill the 22-race void that Office Depot left.  SHR has already been dealing with recovering after sponsorship loss when the U.S. Army decided not to renew its sponsorship with Ryan Newman's SHR team.

Stewart, the Sprint Cup Series defending champion, has more pressure than ever right before the Chase even begins.  

I have to believe this news will really hurt Stewart's chances at winning back to back Sprint Cup Series Championships.  

While Stewart was struggling to find sponsors for Ryan Newman, he's now faced with filling a primary sponsor for his own car.  

Oh by the way, Danica Patrick is running full-time in the Sprint Cup Series for Stewart's team.  At least that team has sponsorship already set.

This is the second major sponsorship the No. 14 car has lost since SHR opened its doors.  Mobil 1 came in last season to fill the void the Old Spice left when they decided to leave SHR.

With Stewart's temper short after last Saturday night's incident at Bristol, the rest of this season will test how mentally tough Tony Stewart really is.

Kevin Harvick is still recovering from the pressures of being a car owner, and Kyle Busch hasn't been the same since he started his own team.

It takes a lot to be a owner of a race team.

This news is just as devastating to Ryan Newman as it is to Tony Stewart.

If Stewart doesn't find sponsor for his No. 14 car, then he'll be forced to shut down Newman's No. 39 car and attempt to move the sponsors that Newman has to the No. 14 car.

This is a sad realization that the economy is still reeling and that NASCAR needs to do something to enhance its product or develop better cost-saving solutions for the teams.

I will not be surprised if Tony Stewart announces that he will have to shut down Ryan Newman's team.  Stewart has time, but he's got a lot of work to do to keep both cars on the track in 2013 with Danica.