RELATED: Drivers, crew chiefs on the move One day after the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season ended, the first official move of the offseason came down courtesy of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The team announced that Chad Johnston has been named crew chief for Kyle Larson and the No. 42 Target team. Johnston will assume the role effective immediately to begin preparation for the 2016 season, replacing Chris Heroy. Heroy had been Larson's crew chief for his first two years at NASCAR's highest level. "I'm excited to get to work with Chad and to start doing what needs to be done to get the team to Victory Lane next year," Larson said in a team release. "As a team, I think we are very close and the addition of Chad should help move our program forward for many years to come. Lastly, I would also like to thank Chris for all he did to help me grow in my first two seasons in the Cup series." Johnston joins the No. 42 team from Stewart-Haas Racing , where he has been the crew chief for Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Chevrolet since the 2014 season. Johnston also served as crew chief for Martin Truex, Jr. and the No. 56 at Michael Waltrip Racing from 2011-2013. Johnston has one career Sprint Cup race win as a crew chief (2013, Sonoma ) and helped guide Truex Jr. into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup during the 2012 season. The announcement from CGR means Stewart will have a new crew chief in his final Sprint Cup Series season in 2016. Johnston has also worked in NASCAR as a race engineer at Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, Evernham Motorsports, and JTG Daugherty Racing before serving as a crew chief. He graduated from Indiana State University with a major in mechanical engineering, and briefly worked in the aerospace industry before his passion for motorsports brought him to NASCAR and the Camping World Truck Series in 2004. "I am very excited for the opportunity to be joining Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, and the opportunity to work with Kyle Larson ," Johnston said in a team release. "The organization has a great reputation in numerous forms of racing, and I'm looking forward to adding to that reputation in NASCAR. Kyle is certainly a unique talent, and I'm eager to get to work with him and the team as we look to build a foundation of success." Larson will begin his third full-time Sprint Cup season in 2016. The 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year is coming off of a season that featured two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. In 75 career Cup starts he has accumulated one Coors Light Pole Award, 10 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes.
Host shares story of his last NASCAR experience Chatting with Kansas winner Joey Logano on his NBCSN simulcasted talk show, "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday morning, host Dan Patrick shared a funny little story about the last time he was at a NASCAR race -- and why he might not be welcome back. "I was in Chicago a couple of years ago and I almost leaned on Jimmie Johnson 's spoiler, pre-race," Patrick said. Uh oh. " Chad Knaus, I think, would've killed me. I was talking to Jimmie right before the race and I almost leaned on his spoiler." Logano, quick on his feet, noted that if he bent it the right way, Knaus may have even thanked him. "If you were pulling it back, or something, ( Chad ) might've been okay with it." Not that he would know anything about those sort of hijinks. RELATED: NASCAR to police flared skirts in 2015 Still, Logano wants the host to come out to a race to cheer him on – well, maybe. "I don't know if you want me out there, Joey," Patrick said. "Because then I'm going to want to get in your pits and I'm going to want to work the pits." Logano, entrenched in a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup run, can't take any risks and responded appropriately. "Then just don't come."
Six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson gave us a quick look into Saturday night's wedding reception for the union of his crew chief, Chad Knaus, and former Miss Sprint Cup Brooke Werner. RELATED: SHR driver announces engagement Knaus and Werner weren't the only two NASCAR couples tying the knot during the Sprint Cup Series off-week. BK Racing driver Matt DiBenedetto married his longtime girlfriend Taylor and shared his excitement on Twitter. On behalf of NASCAR.com, congrats to the new happy couples and props on the killer dance moves, Knaus.
Who has the best pit crew heading into the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway ? Pit stops are going to be huge this weekend at Homestead and we're here to evaluate the four remaining crews. Below is a list of all the guys on the teams as well as an overview of how their seasons have gone so far. Stewart-Haas Racing ( Kevin Harvick ) Pit Coach: Joe Piette Front Changer: Ira Joe Hussey Front Carrier: Todd Drakulich Jack Man: Mike Casto Rear Changer: Daniel Smith Rear Carrier: Mike Morneau Gas Man: Justin White Summary: This crew is the best pit crew in the finals. It has been good all year and has tons of veteran talent. As a group, they understand pressure, and this time last year they were preparing for their eventual first championship. They have all the tools to be successful again this year if given the opportunity to pit for a win. Joe Gibbs Racing ( Kyle Busch ) Pit Coach: Mike Lepp Front Changer: Josh Leslie Front Carrier: Brad Donaghy Jack Man: Jeff Fender Rear Changer: Jake Seminara Rear Carrier: Kenny Barber Gas Man: Tom Lampe Summary: This crew is good and has been getting better each week. It has the ability to gain spots every caution if it is given the right opportunities. Near the beginning of the Chase the crew lost longtime front changer Nick Odell to the No. 24 team. Replacement Josh Leslie was thrown into action and has done a good job. Don't forget, this group has been with Kyle since he came to JGR, so winning would mean a lot to this group. This is probably one of the best high-pressure pit crews of the last five years. This weekend will be the time to prove it. Hendrick Motorsports ( Jeff Gordon ) Pit Coach: Chris Burkey Front Changer: Nick Odell Front Carrier: Dion Williams Jack Man: John Giannotto Rear Changer: Chad Avritt Rear Carrier: Jared Erspamer Gas Man: Travis Gordon Summary: This team has been up-and-down all year. There has been lots of change since the beginning of the year and it's not clear it has helped. When the season started, the crew replaced longtime rear carrier Gene Cornwell with Erspamer. After that, more changes came at the jack man position as well as the front changer position. They also tooled around with a new front tire carrier before settling with veteran Williams. All in all, this team has talent but hasn't shown it can pit with the top teams. This weekend it could put all that to rest and help send a champion out in a storybook ending. Furniture Row Racing ( Martin Truex Jr .) Pit Coach: Walt Smith Front Changer: Dave Collins Front Carrier: Craig Curione Jack Man: Carey Wimbish Rear Changer: Kyle Turner Rear Carrier: Adam Mosher Gas Man: Brian Dheel Summary: This team had one of the fastest averages of the race two weeks ago in Texas. It has the ability to go fast, but just like in Texas, when a wheel was coming loose on the last run, it always seems to find a way to hurt itself. Truex is going to need help this weekend at Homestead. If this group pits like it did in Texas -- minus the wheel coming loose -- they have a chance to help win a championship. This is a great group of guys who have many years on pit road. Finding the right chemistry and rhythm is key to a good crew, and this team might have found theirs. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com
No. 48 crew chief: 'We did our due diligence as extreme as we can' RELATED: Johnson overcomes hurdles for third-place finish Crew chief Chad Knaus of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team weighed in Monday on his team's third-place finish as well as its three failed inspections before the Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway . After going through inspection a fourth time before being cleared to race, the team fought back from a blown tire and contact with Matt Kenseth 's No. 20 before Jimmie Johnson brought home a podium finish. "We did our due diligence as extreme as we can," Knaus said on FOX Sports 1's "NASCAR Race Hub" without specifying what the pre-race inspection holdup was. "We went through the first time and weren't in compliance. Went through a second and failed again. It's just about guys making the most out of every advantage that we can." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
CorvetteParts.net renews partnership with Billy Boat Motorsports Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge Chad Boat will be back running select NASCAR XFINITY Series races in the No. 84 Chevrolet Camaro for Billy Boat Motorsports. Boat's schedule will begin with Saturday's Alert Today Florida 300 (FOX Sports 1, 3:30 p.m. ET) at Daytona International Speedway. Last season, the 22-year-old made 14 starts in the XFINITY Series with his best finish coming with a 22nd-place result at Iowa in August. In addition, CorvetteParts.net has renewed its partnership with the No. 84 XFINITY Series team as an associate sponsor for the 2015 season. Boat will also make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this year in the No. 16 Chevrolet Silverado for Billy Boat Motorsports with his first Truck Series event coming at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The organization already runs a full-time Truck Series team with the No. 15 Chevrolet Silverado piloted by Mason Mingus. "I'm really excited about getting back on the track in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with CorvetteParts.net and to make my debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015," Chad Boat said in a release provided by the team. "The whole Billy Boat Motorsports team has been working hard this off-season to build great equipment, and I believe that will show on the track this season." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NASCAR Illustrated's Steven Levine sits down with NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie Chad Boat to discuss his early racing career, his family's racing legacy and a deal with his mother to continue his education.
Chad Boat takes a hard hit to the inside wall at Talladega Superspeedway after a single car spin in the Aaron's 312.
No. 14 Crew Chief Chad Johnston shares how he found his passion for racing, how he got started in racing and describes working with Tony Stewart.