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Crew chief Steve Addington leaving Penske's No. 22 outfit?

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

CONCORD, N.C. – It appears Kurt Busch's No. 22 Penske Racing team is in store for a shakeup in the offseason.

Steve Addington, Busch's crew chief since the start of the 2010 Sprint Cup season, is not expected to return to the team in 2012, multiple sources confirmed to the Observer and ThatsRacin.com on Thursday.

Asked if he would comment on Addington's status with Penske beyond the 2011 season, organization spokesman Jonathan Gibson said, “We make it a practice to not comment on rumors and speculation. Our team's focus is on winning this weekend's race and, ultimately, the championship.”

The crew chief change would be the third for Busch since arriving at Penske in 2006. Before Addington was named to the post, Pat Tryson left before the end of the 2009 season.

Tracked down in the Cup garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Addington was asked twice if he could comment on his status with the team after this season.

Both times, with Addington heading into the team's hauler, he replied, “Sorry, I have to talk to Kurt.”

Busch was seen riding a golf cart toward the motorhome lot.

Busch still has a chance to win a second Cup series championship this season.

He is currently sixth in the series standings, 16 points behind leader Carl Edwards. He has won twice this season, at the road course at Sonoma, Calif., and at Dover, Del.

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