DOVER, Del. -- Steve Addington insisted he's not naturally drawn toward working with volatile, abrasive drivers.
It's just the nature of job in the Cup garage.
"Somehow it works out that way," said Addington, laughing. "That's just part of it. You just take what opportunity is there. I've worked with a lot of great drivers and I feel like I'm with the best one in the garage right now."
That would be Tony Stewart. The three-time -- and 2011 -- Sprint Cup champion is the third prickly and prosperous driver Addington has worked with after crew chief stints with Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.
Addington took the job only eight days after Stewart won the NASCAR championship and then fired crew chief Darian Grubb. Grubb was told midway through the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship that he was going to be let go at the end of the season. Stewart had gone winless through the first 26 races of the season, but opened the Chase with back-to-back wins to become a sudden title contender. Stewart's decision was final even after the team won the championship. Stewart is still a respectable eighth even after a disappointing 25th-place finish at Dover International Speedway because he got tangled in an early-race wreck. It was the second straight race he finished 25th, and that came after he drove the No. 14 to 24th four races ago at Talladega. But Stewart has victories at Los Vegas and Fontana, and two other top fives.
He's heading to Pocono Raceway where he has two wins and 18 top-10s in 26 career Sprint Cup starts.
"We have had some really good runs and we have had some races that we are still scratching our heads about," Stewart said.