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NASCAR’s New Trend: Benching the Pit Crew?

Benching the team in the middle of a race looks to be a trend that may catch on in NASCAR just as it does in other major sports when players are pulled from a game. The super-team that once performed flawlessly under the guidance of crew chief Chad Knaus has been faltering with pit stops. At Texas Motor Speedway, their performance caused Jimmie Johnson to lose position, which, under the circumstances of the Chase, is intolerable. The Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton crash-fest left Gordon's crew without a car in the race, so in a dramatic turn of events following the shoving contest of the two Jeffs, Chad Knaus made a bold move by yanking the over-the-wall crew for the Lowe's No. 48 car and replacing them with Gordon's crew. What makes this a ne...

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