NASCAR & Auto Racing

Stewart says contract can wait, there's some racing to do

Tony Stewart just wants to concentrate on trying to win a third Cup title and not worry about a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing – for now.

“I’m not even going to work on it any more until this season is over. Seriously,” said Stewart, whose current contract runs through the 2009 season.

With Gibbs switching next season from Chevrolets to Toyotas, there has been some speculation that General Motors would try to get Stewart back on one of its teams in 2010. But Stewart has been outwardly supportive of the change.

For now, Stewart said he just wants to focus on the next 10 races.

“All these (outside) things like right now are a total distraction to what I’m trying to accomplish the rest of the season, and that’s why I’m not going to do any more than I have to do until the end of the year,” he said.

“My goal is to win the championship and focus on the things I have to focus on to get that done.”

Stewart is the third seed in the 12-man Chase, starting Sunday’s race 30 points behind leader and reigning champion Jimmie Johnson.