Johnson makes contact with the wall
After making contact with Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson cuts a tire and hits the wall at Daytona International Speedway.
Drivers celebrate Valentine's Day, get mushy on Twitter
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! RELATED: Read more Inside Groove Ah, can you feel it? Love is in the air -- and on the interwebs. Some NASCAR drivers took to Twitter to celebrate Valentine's Day 2017 and give special shoutouts to their sweethearts, while other, more single drivers took the opportunity to channel their inner Kate Winslet (looking at you, Noah Gragson.) Here's the best V-Day tweets we've seen on Twitter this February 14. Since we aren't spending this years Valentines @ the track I have been alerted that trip 2 drug store 4 candy/stuffed animal wont pass tech. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) February 14, 2017 How Junior celebrates at the track " Dale gets V-Day gift from ... 'Rowdy? ' ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4nu6yx7Fdv — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) February 14, 2017 Happy Valentine's Day to my girls! #luckyman #valentines pic.twitter.com/5xHoGWphus — Ryan Newman (@RyanJNewman) February 14, 2017 I saved % on Valentine's Day this year by switching to single — Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) February 14, 2017 Scrolling through tinder on Valentine's Day like: #ThankGodILostTheBeerGut pic.twitter.com/GnxV7uhk34 — Alex Bowman (@AlexBRacing) February 14, 2017 I love you with all my heart. Happy 1st Valentine's Day My Wife. pic.twitter.com/7PUJ1Om3NA — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) February 14, 2017 Happy Valentines Day Trish! This year was a great one! Looking forward to the rest of our lives… https://t.co/gO0ZPpDToY — Casey Mears (@CJMearsGang) February 14, 2017 It's moments like these when my heart finds a way to get just a little bigger in loving you. ❤… https://t.co/GKudbGOglB — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) February 14, 2017 My man knows the way to my heart - workout equipment!!!!! He also got me a @trueformrunner for… https://t.co/YEUDddOTtc — Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) February 14, 2017 Happy #ValentinesDay . Remember @landoncassill Love's you. pic.twitter.com/BXUeNV9ihK — FrontRow Motorsports (@Team_FRM) February 14, 2017 This i promise you https://t.co/euJ9vb4yk3 — landon cassill (@landoncassill) February 14, 2017 Hello Gorgeous. This one is for the ladies out there. Happy Valentine's Day! #TextMe pic.twitter.com/iZ7HOhLeDR — Noah Gragson (@NoahGragson) February 14, 2017 Feeling love today Love for my Snapchat that is. Lol. Fun photoshoot w/ @KBMteam today. Add my Snapchat for something special @DISupdates pic.twitter.com/ow4mMpnL1H — Myatt Snider (@MyattSnider) February 14, 2017 Happy Valentine's Day and thank you @ZappaOMatic for this awesome card haha ❤️ https://t.co/UxY1mKMdC6 — Matthew DiBenedetto (@mattdracing) February 14, 2017 Happy Valentine's Day!! Especially to my beautiful wife @ShannonLKoch pic.twitter.com/vNJiGVGrdR — Blake Koch (@BlakeKochRacing) February 14, 2017 Happy Valentines Day beautiful you have been with me threw good and bad and have always stood by me. I love you @HaliBerger pic.twitter.com/9hdZkBItbV — Cameron Hayley (@CameronNHayley) February 14, 2017 Happy Valentines Day @LucyK_Says ! Thanks for making everyday special! pic.twitter.com/Gx231d3gfU — Timmy Hill (@TimmyHillRacer) February 14, 2017 Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! ❤️ — Jeb Burton (@JebBurtonRacing) February 14, 2017 Happy Valentines Day @Caseyhaimes13 ! Love you pic.twitter.com/jmSVkZqwMX — Chad Boat (@ChadBoat) February 14, 2017 ❤️ — Michael Waltrip (@MW55) February 14, 2017 Happy Valentine's Day to my beautiful, fun loving fiancé @cortneydryden ! Love ya babe https://t.co/V2G8okTI67 — Jeremy Clements (@JClements51) February 14, 2017 Happy ❤ Valentines to my two favorites in the whole world. Love you both more than you will… https://t.co/4McSQL1vba — Justin Allgaier (@J_Allgaier) February 14, 2017
Chad Knaus single-handedly helps Carolina Panthers win football game
RELATED: Johnson pounds the drum at Panthers game All he does is win, win, win no matter what ... sport? Seven-time championship-winning crew chief Chad Knaus was on hand at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday to help the Carolina Panthers beat the San Diego Chargers, 28-16. Chad Knaus gets the #SDvsCAR game started @BankofAmerica stadium! #KeepPounding pic.twitter.com/O4e8Alwq74 — Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) December 11, 2016 It's truly remarkable that all the Hendrick Motorsports wiz had to do was hit this "Keep Pounding" drum during pre-game ceremonies to lead the Panthers to victory. Certainly wouldn't rule it out that Knaus, ever the strategist, gave head coach Ron Rivera a few game plan tips before kickoff, too. Either way, chalk up another W for Knaus. It was all him, and definitely not the touchdowns by Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart and Devin Funchess. Nope.
Chad Knaus accepts Crew Chief of the Year Award
Chad Knaus, crew chief of the No. 48 team, accepts the Crew Chief of the Year Award at the 2016 Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon.
Could Jimmie, Chad have been split up before the Chase?
Rick Hendrick speaks with the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway about the possibility of Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus being split up during the summer months when Hendrick Motorsports was struggling.
Patrick: 'Chad Knaus would've killed me'
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."
Chad Johnston named crew chief for Kyle Larson
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.
Chad Knaus explains failed inspections at Pocono
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
Chad Knaus weds former Miss Sprint Cup
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.
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