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Short on specifics, Stewart says staff changes key

November 22, 2011, Mark Aumann,

Now that Steve Addington has officially parted ways with Penske Racing, could he be headed for the vacant crew chief's role with Tony Stewart's championship-winning organization?

Stewart wouldn't directly comment on the rumors swirling around Addington, but he said Tuesday during a NASCAR media conference call that personnel changes are topmost on his mind.

"We're looking at all of our options right now," Stewart said. "After we get through with all of the media obligations, I'll get to go back to the shop and we'll sit down as a group and try to come up with a decision and figure [it] out.

"We already know some options that are available. We'll try to sit down and see what we think's the best option and decision for the company."

After winning the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday night, Stewart said he hasn't been in contact with his team since they completed a photo shoot with the Sprint Cup trophy.

"We didn't get done until 2 a.m. and it was straight to the airport to fly to Connecticut," Stewart said. "So I haven't even talked to the guys or seen them since we were on stage doing photos. So I'm hoping I'll get a chance in the next couple of days to see or least talk to these guys."

As far as his offseason plans, Stewart said any vacation plans are on hold until he ties up a number of loose strings.

"Honestly, I haven't looked at my schedule," Stewart said. "I know we have things booked for the rest of the year that are obligations that we have to get done. Obviously, we're still trying to fill the competition director role and we're still active in trying to get sponsorship for some of Ryan's races next year.

"As much as I'd love to go and take a break, I still have a lot of things on the 'to-do list' with the organization that need to be done before the year's out."