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Jimmie Johnson-Jeff Gordon Crew Swap: Outcome for Both Sides in Phoenix

The decision by Chad Knaus to swap crews proved effective for Jimmie Johnson, but it was Denny Hamlin and his crew chief, Mike Ford, that put Johnson a mere 15 points behind Hamlin, the NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader. Knaus, crew chief for Jimmie Johnson, stepped into uncharted territory when he replaced the crew of the Lowe's No. 48 team with that of Jeff Gordon's at the AAA Texas 500 last week.  In the media, it was debated as to whether the decision of Knaus to replace the crew for the four-time champion was the proper move to make. During the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, the crew for Johnson performed precisely as they needed to by executing pit stops in the 12.6 second range. Jeff Gordon and the former Lowe'...

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