Oct 29

Chad Knaus Told Jimmie Johnson To Intentionally Damage Car If He Won Talladega

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Typically, Jimmie Johnson is talking about his championship run at this point of the season.

Instead, Johnson was busy Friday answering questions about a suspect comment by crew chief Chad Knaus prior to last weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Johnson reasserted Knaus’ innocence, saying NASCAR never raised an eyebrow while inspecting the No. 48 car.

“That car passed inspection multiple times throughout the course of the weekend,” Johnson said. “At the end of the day, while Chad was trying to protect himself post-race, he made a foolish statement.”

While he backed Knaus’ story, he did admit he was “kind of surprised” when his crew chief leaned in and told him to wreck the back of the car, adding anyone could tell by his reaction in the car that Knaus’ instructions were nothing he had ever heard before.

“This story can turn in a variety of ways and people are going to make of it what they want to,” he said. “The facts are Chad released a statement, and that car passed inspection multiple times at the track. There really isn’t more to it than that.”


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