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Newman: I Was Not Lied To By Tony Stewart

Deb Williams | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, September 7 2013

Ryan Newman says TV reports that he was lied to by Tony Stewart are BS. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

RICHMOND, Va. – Stewart-Haas Racing’s announcement that it would field a fourth team next year for Kurt Busch has resulted in many fans and at least one TV analyst accusing Tony Stewart of lying to Ryan Newman in July when he told him the organization wouldn’t have a fourth team next year and he

needed to find a new home.

The accusation levied at Stewart has bothered the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, who wasn’t involved in the hiring of Busch. It was a business deal engineered by SHR co-owner Gene Haas and left Stewart concerned about the logistics needed to make it a reality.

Stewart only felt comfortable with it after SHR Competition Director Greg Zipadelli assured him he could make it happen in such a short time frame. Just as important, Newman doesn’t think Stewart lied to him.

“I don’t think anybody lied to me,” Newman said at Richmond International Raceway during preparations for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400. “I don’t have any of that feeling or emotion. I don’t think any of that matters because the plans they made are for 2014 and I’m not part of that. I knew that going in.

“I don’t think there were any hidden agendas on Tony’s behalf. I had a good relationship with him and been up front with him. My communication has been mostly with him in my whole relationship at Stewart-Haas Racing. No surprise.”

Newman said he had no hard feelings about the way things occurred after the July announcement at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“I know a lot of things became tough for Tony once he was injured,” Newman continued. “That all kind of happened at the same time. Kind of like what we do in our business, you have to get through the tough times.”

– Deb Williams can be reached at dwilliams@racintoday.com

Deb Williams | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, September 7 2013
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