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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Did Chad Knaus and Jimmie Johnson try to cheat again?


In a week where the #00, #56 and #47 teams already got busted for cheating, and all three crew chiefs were suspended for the rest of the year, it appears more cheating might have been in the works -- at the #48 team of all places.

Based on a chat overheard prior to Sunday's Talladega race, it appears Chad Knaus was concerned about the back of his car, telling Jimmie to damage the rear end of the car if he won the race. Knaus did not deny telling Johnson to do this.

"If we win this race, you have to crack the back of the car," Knaus said on the recording. "Got it? ... You don't have to have to hit it hard, you don't have to destroy it. But you've gotta do a donut and you've gotta hit the back end, or somebody's gotta hit you in the ass-end or something. OK?"

His not-very-believable explanation is that the move would have been to "cover our bases," but I doubt it. There was no doubt some hanky-panky going on, and Chad didn't want to incur any penalties as a result.

We shouldn't be surprised by this. Chad has cheated before, and always tries to blur the lines between what's allowed and what's not allowed. All good crew chiefs do, to a point. He was just stupid enough to get caught on tape this time. (Next time, I bet he uses hand signals).

The bottom line: Johnson and Knaus are desperate, as they know they title hopes are pretty much done ... something they are not used to. Maybe this is a sign they can't handle the pressure, a la Denny Hamlin falling apart at the end of last year.

I'm not going to pretend Knaus is the only crew chief to contemplate such a move, but actions like this do somewhat lower my opinion of him as genius crew chief who's won five titles ... it makes me think: How much of it was legit, and how much was possibly cheating?

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damaging a car on the cool down lap is a pretty standard practice when you know the cars "marginal".So theres nothing surprising about this.

The real news here is that they knew they had a car with bodywork that was illegal, yet it had passed inspection. So maybe Nascar should be looking at its inspection procedures.

October 27, 2011 at 5:52 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Team not so squeaky clean has again made it very clear that they are usually better than everyone else at tap dancing around the rules. Lets see, like why did the Hendrick camp test 4 cars for the fuel injection day at Talladega. They removed all doubt as to whether or not they regularly CHEAT. Oh well.

October 27, 2011 at 7:03 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this had been a Roush team Nascar would have token points away!

He would not have said it if he didnt know something was wrong, plain and simple!!!!

Thought Hendrick didnt have team orders>>>>>>>

October 27, 2011 at 11:22 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this was a Roush team you would see penalies was actions detrimental to the sport!

Lets see if consistent Chad and Hendrick get any penalties!

Now this is real team orders!!!!!

October 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it looks like a duck!

October 27, 2011 at 11:42 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the Boyer car was penalised for an illegal rear, it took 3 dats to measure the toerance+. The car passed inspection before the race and after the race.

It was quite apparent that Nascar has a set of specs that can't be measured at the track ( or any team workshop). I would be afraid if I saw Nascar declaring a car legal twice on Sunday but illegat on Wednesday.

Hopefully, Chad 's message ( do you think he is so stupid he doesn' know about open mikes?) will do some good.

John McManus

October 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM 
Anonymous ElBobbo said...

Can't handle the pressure ? Certainly you are aware that the Hendrick/Lowes team has won the past five championships. You must also agree that winning a championship every year is unrealistic as well as impossible. So if you are going to rip on someone how about sticking to something realistic like perhaps a hack reporter that can't bring in a decent and newsworthy story by his deadline, you for example. I would say that this story would be a fine example of someone who can't hack it and would do whatever it takes to produce a favorable outcome even though you failed, miserably.

October 27, 2011 at 9:29 PM 
Blogger Matt Myftiu said...

I call em like I see em ElBobbo, and it looks like they tried to cheat ... I'm guessing you're a Jimmie fan, judging by the somewhat defensive reply. To each his own. Jimmie's a great driver, this just isn't his year -- and that's good for NASCAR.

Thanks for reading,
MATT

October 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quack! Jimmie+Chad have Jimmied with their cars way too often! If Bad CHAD =C.H.A.D.("CHEATER-HACK-ACTOR-DISHONEST") Knaus doesn't get YANKED for at least a full season then it's a sad fact that NASCAR Official's are biased! Finally we have Fuzzy Face "Jimmie Jimmied the cars rules again" and "Cheater Cheater the rules eater Chad" on tape! Visually+ orally we have proof that these Dullard's are continuing to break and bend the rules on an on-going basis! It's bad enough that his fake domination has literally put other teams+driver's out of the biz due to the high cost of keeping enough cars+advertiser's in the game, but it's teaching the youngster's to become a rich winner it's okay to cheat+swindle your way to Victory Lane as long as you have a kissable face like "Jimmying Jimmie"! What a disgrace to the race this crew has become! We should have videos going 24/7, in all garages+pitts at the tracks! This way no more sabatoging+no more cheating+liars like these shameful cheater's! Since there is legal wagering on races I feel the gambling commission+ other state+federal agencies need to sniff around and protect the people who rely on honesty+integrity to pich their teams! Don't make NASCAR so elitist that the every-man can't participate without doing illegal activities, stealing or possibly worse (like black mail)to stay in the game or to force other's to leave. This team should get yanked a full season and allow another team who was honest to get back on track and try again to fulfill their dream of being a pro race team!..I know you are not a hack! Keep up the good work! Gotta go polish my Corvette, our F150 and kiss our 73' rare Road Runner! We love+support American Worker's and our fine auto industry! Too bad Nascar's forced everyone to become Goose-Stepping Cookie Cutter Aero dynamic car-bots. Ugly boring shells with no winning style and sexy designs! We have Mopars+Fords+Chevy's too. Maybe we can start a racing group that is for all american made cars+ not be the same ugly styles with different ads on them to tell them apart! We love Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Dale Jr,Jeff Gordon+a few other's. We go with hard working driver's+crew's! Also I'm a girl who love's a take no B.S., kind of man like my guy's listed here! We go with loyalty and honor above sneaky little shit's like Jimmie+Chad! It was sad when Tony had to add other makes other than Chevy's but we still support Tony! Like me he is a Tiger who is trying to stay in the race..Our beloved tiger Hawkeye died Oct.27,2011.:(He was a Nascar fan who cuddled and watched his fave driver's compete. Rest in peace my beloved son,. Your dad+I will hold you in our prayers with your fave driver Tony who you were named after! We pray the races to come will honor the honest people and expose the cheaters+boot them all out after a one time suspension, fine and points deduction!- Wake up Nascar+step up!!! X0 Cherry Bomb, proudly Tiger's Mom!:)

October 30, 2011 at 5:19 AM 

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