Tony Stewart's Hunt for Sponsors Heats Up Silly Season

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IJune 27, 2008

Enjoy the so-far winless season, Tony Stewart fans, because it looks like Stewart is leaving Gibbs.

"He's talking to every major sponsor that is available out there for this Haas deal," a source close to the situation said.  "I don't know if it's done, but it sounds like it's very close."

Who exactly is Stewart talking to?  Jayski and ESPN are reporting that possible sponsors are Office Depot and Old Spice, who Smoke has worked with in the Nationwide Series.

NASCAR Now said yesterday that Ryan Newman is the likely candidate for the second CNC car.  The Rocket Man is very upset with the lack of performance over at Penske (and who could blame him) and is heavily rumored to leave after 2008.

Another candidate was rumored to be Martin Truex, Jr., who hasn't signed off on his 2009 option with current team, Dale Earnhardt Inc.

However, on Wednesday Truex said "We're working hard with DEI to put some things together for next year."

What's Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs have to say about the two-time champ's departure?  While Gibbs admits the speculation is a "nuisance," he's quick to add Stewart hasn't closed the door on signing a long term deal with JGR.

Is is possible that Stewart may own part of Haas CNC and still run for Gibbs next year?  Is it also possible he will run one of the cars he owns?

Looks like nothing will be certain this Silly Season until the Smoke clears.