Zippy: Stewart's decision to explore his options a distraction for No. 20 team

While Tony Stewart ponders his NASCAR future, crew chief Greg Zipadelli says he's got a job to do at Joe Gibbs Racing. And No. 1 on the list is putting the 20 car in the 2008 Chase for the Cup, writes David Newton.

Updated: June 17, 2008, 5:25 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Greg Zipadelli and Tony Stewart know each other so well they normally don't have to ask what the other is thinking. Their relationship is so strong they've talked about walking off into the sunset together following their Sprint Cup careers.

They are, in many respects, no different than an old married couple.

Now they are facing divorce, so to speak.

Stewart's decision to explore his options outside of Joe Gibbs Racing disappoints ...

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