Clint Bowyer has been answering questions about his possible departure from Richard Childress Racing for weeks, yet behind the scenes the No. 33 team has had to shrug off the rumors and focus on making the Chase.
That has not been the easiest thing to do for the crew guys as they speculate about Bowyer's decision and their future within the organization.
Crew chief Shane Wilson described the current situation as "a bummer" and admitted it "definitely takes its toll" on the team.
"It probably just bums everyone out more than a lack of concentration," he said. "Not knowing your future is not very good. We race and that's what we'll do and until the end of the year."
What has kept the team motivated was the fight to make the Chase. With those chances essentially gone after last weekend's wreck with Juan Pablo Montoya, Wilson admitted keeping the team focused over the course of the final 10 races "will be a little bit harder" once they are no longer racing for the championship.
If the likely scenario takes place and Bowyer moves on from RCR, Wilson simply hopes the team is able to sell sponsors and find a driver to fill the seat on the No. 33 Chevrolet.