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Championship Crew Chief Chad Knaus: Determined and Motivated

Through the history of NASCAR, there are only few driver-crew chief relationships that are capable of creating dynasties. One of those would be the combination of Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus. The strength of their relationship, plus Knaus’ desire, are two of the keys that make them as good as they are. Knaus’ desire was seen even before he became Johnson's crew chief; it was shown to Phillippe Lopez when Knaus worked for Stanley Smith as a shop-foreman. “Chad wasn’t there for the check,” Lopez said. “He wasn’t there for the glory. He was a racer. He did everything the right way. Nothing was half-assed. But you knew right away he had big dreams. He told me he wanted my job. He wasn&r...

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