Advertisement
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Amsterdam, NY ,

 

Advertisement

Bass Pro Shops signs with Tony Stewart

Saturday, October 06, 2012 - Updated: 7:50 PM

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Tony Stewart insisted he wasn't trying to poach a sponsor when he approached Bass Pro Shops about an opportunity to join his race team.

The three-time NASCAR champion has a long relationship with Bass Pro founder Johnny Morris, and knew the contract with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing expired at the end of this season. In need of funding, Stewart had a conversation that led to an 18-race sponsorship deal that was announced Friday.

"I didn't go to Johnny trying to steal a sponsor from somebody," Stewart said. "We just let it be known to him that we had an opportunity available on our side, and if he ever decided he was wanting to make a change, we wanted him to know we were available."

The popular outdoor retailer is replacing Office Depot, which told Stewart during the summer it was not returning to his program. That left a gaping hole on the No. 14 Chevrolet at a time when Stewart was also looking for primary sponsorship for Ryan Newman's car.

Stewart-Haas Racing announced earlier this week that Quicken Loans was upping its commitment to Newman to 18 races next season. That just about fills the No. 39 car, but Stewart still has work to do on his: Mobile 1 has an 11-race commitment, but nine races are still unsold.

Morris said the opportunity to pair with Stewart was "like a dream coming true," but the company could still be involved going forward with both Jamie McMurray at Ganassi, and Austin and Ty Dillon at Richard Childress Racing.

Ganassi president Steve Lauletta said the company is in talks to have Bass Pro remain as a primary sponsor in a smaller role.

"I anticipate you'll see the Bass Pro Shops logo on the hood of our car for a few races next year," Lauletta said.

Ganassi has done exceptionally well with funding the last several years and all of its cars have had full sponsorship the last three seasons. A scaled-back commitment from Bass Pro gives partner Liftmaster a chance to increase its involvement and McDonald's could take on a larger role.

"There's a number of new companies we've been talking to who have shown interest in doing primary races and we haven't had the ability to deliver on those and now we will," Lauletta said. "I believe we'll get a few of those over the goal line."

     

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Advertisement
Subscribe to The Recorder

 

The Recorder Sports Schedule

Most Popular

    Lawmakers pass bill requiring schools to test water for lead
    Monday, June 20, 2016

    Marcellino vows never to fight at Foxwoods again after controversial loss
    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    City to sell some foreclosed properties ahead of auction
    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    City to renew with insurance company it's suing over claim
    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    County committee signs off on joining land bank
    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Tests show F-FCS drinking water safe
    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Legislators discuss law to raise tobacco purchasing age to 21
    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Ralph R. Compani
    Monday, June 20, 2016

    Congressional primaries include 4 for open seats
    Monday, June 20, 2016

    SUNY Cobleskill to offer bachelor degree in fermentation
    Monday, June 20, 2016

Advertisement

Copyright © McClary Media, Inc.

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook