Chad Knaus suspended
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NASCAR today announced that Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec will be suspended for the next six races. Driver Jimmie Johnson and car owner Jeff Gordon have been penalized with the loss of 25 driver and 25 owner points.

***The suspensions will not happen until an appeal hearing is completed.

Fantasy Spin: This is a setback for Jimmie Johnson but at this moment we don’t know how much of one. Last time Chad Knaus was suspended Darian Grubb emerged as a star for the organization. The 48 team has depth so it’s possible someone will step up to the plate and overcome this adversity.