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November 27, 2007 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
Tomorrow morning, traffic will come to a standstill in one of the busiest sections of New York, but this time it won't be gawking tourists or angry cabbies blocking the streets. NASCAR is back to take Manhattan in a big way, with this season's top 10 drivers parading their race cars over a 1 1/2-mile course, starting at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Good Morning America studios at 44th Street and Broadway. Rolling along in single file, the 3,400-pound stock cars, powered by 850-horsepower engines, figure to rattle windows and scatter pigeons en route to the finish line, in the shadow of the Hard Rock Cafe at 43d Street and Seventh Avenue.
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February 14, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
NASCAR took its strongest stance against cheating yesterday, suspending the crew chiefs for Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler and docking all four drivers points before the season-opening Daytona 500 for failing inspections. Kahne, Riggs and Sadler are teammates at Evernham Motorsports. Kenseth, the 2003 series champion and runner-up last season, drives for Roush Racing. Robbie Reiser, crew chief for Kenseth, and Kenny Francis, crew chief for Kahne, were suspended four races.
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February 14, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Jimmie Johnson's crew chief was thrown out of the Daytona 500 yesterday for illegal modifications made to Johnson's car during pole qualifying. Chad Knaus was accused of raising the rear window on the No. 48 Chevrolet to alter aerodynamics during Johnson's run Sunday. The infraction was discovered in a postqualifying inspection when the car failed to fit NASCAR templates. NASCAR said Knaus cannot appeal the ejection. NASCAR also said the Hendrick Motorsports team could be subject to additional penalties, which would be announced after Sunday's Daytona 500. Team owner Rick Hendrick said lead engineer Darian Grubb will replace Knaus as crew chief for Sunday's "Great American Race.
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September 23, 2005 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
Dover International Speedway is not the ideal place to expect drivers to be on their good behavior. The banked 1-mile oval in Delaware produces fast, tight racing, during which cars frequently attract each other like magnets. Sunday's MBNA RacePoints 400 is race No. 2 in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship. Several drivers turned race No. 1 Sunday in New Hampshire into a demolition derby. Robby Gordon and Kasey Kahne were placed on probation by NASCAR for the rest of the year.
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May 28, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
The University of Miami's executive committee of the board of trustees will meet today to discuss moving from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The university also will host the first of three ACC site visits Friday, the next step in a likely relocation that could drastically change the landscape of college athletics. Miami's executive committee will eventually vote on whether to join the ACC, but university officials don't expect it before the site visit. Teams of ACC officials including an athletic director, faculty representative and conference office official will travel to Miami tomorrow and tour the school's facilities Friday, according to a university source.
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February 22, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
NASCAR suspended crew chief Chad Knaus for three more races yesterday and fined him $25,000 for making an illegal modification to Jimmie Johnson's car during preparation for the Daytona 500. Knaus was ejected from Daytona following the cheating scandal, and Johnson went on to win the race in a legal No. 48 car. Now Johnson must compete in the next three events without his crew chief. Knaus won't be eligible to return to a race track until the March 26 race in Bristol, Tenn.
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February 11, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Jimmie Johnson's quest for a fifth straight NASCAR championship will begin in a backup car. Johnson was involved in the latest wreck at Daytona International Speedway yesterday, doing enough damage that crew chief Chad Knaus decided to scrap the primary car for Sunday's season-opening race. "I was just riding along and thought everything was fine, and the next thing you know, I was in the middle of it," Johnson said. Joey Logano and Kyle Busch also got caught up in the accident during the second practice at Daytona International Speedway.
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November 20, 2006 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
He had the dash and the cash. Now he'll have the flash, from a champion's diamond-studded ring. Jimmie Johnson fulfilled his dream of ruling the NASCAR Nextel Cup series last night in the land of palm trees and gators. By finishing ninth in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnson clinched the Chase for the Championship by 56 points over Matt Kenseth, who finished sixth. "This is the most amazing day of my life," an exuberant Johnson said. Johnson was so close twice to winning a Cup title.
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June 11, 2013 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND - Jimmie Johnson winning races is not exactly OMG, jaw-dropping news. Johnson's dominating win in yesterday's Party in the Poconos 400 was his 63rd career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. He is second to Jeff Gordon's 87 among active drivers, eighth all-time. Johnson led 128 of the 160 laps at Pocono Raceway, including the last 31. Johnson's third win of the season ties him with Matt Kenseth for most visits to victory lane this year. A sixth Cup title is clearly on Johnson's radar.
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September 18, 2009 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, fleiscb@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - How vulnerable is Jimmie Johnson as he pursues an unprecedented fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship? Teammate Jeff Gordon sees an opening about as thin as a playing card for him and the other Chasers. "They've performed very well this year. They've led a bunch of laps, they've been the fastest car a lot, but they haven't been able to finish out [some races]," Gordon said yesterday of Johnson and his crew. "They've had fuel mileage [problems], different issues.
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November 22, 2013
WITH JIMMIE Johnson celebrating his sixth Sprint Cup championship in the last 8 years, the question many observers and I have is: Why aren't other top teams challenging his dominance? Matt Kenseth mounted a serious threat this year, winning a series-high seven races and leading the Chase after five races. Then Johnson seized the lead and won by 19 points over Kenseth. As a Cup crew chief with Greg Biffle and several others, Hatboro, Pa., native Greg Erwin had as good an opportunity as anyone outside Hendrick Motorsports to see what makes Johnson's No. 48 team click.
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November 15, 2013
BRACE YOURSELVES, racin' fans, for another Jimmie Johnson reign. Johnson carries a substantial, 28-point lead over Matt Kenseth into the Sprint Cup season finale Sunday in Homestead, Fla. All Johnson has to do to gain his sixth title is finish 23rd or better. He should be able to do that while sipping an energy drink and driving with one hand on the steering wheel. Another championship is a nightmare for those in the Anybody But Jimmie Johnson Club. It's understandable why some fans dislike Johnson as a racer: He wins too often.
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November 8, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
LATE IN SUNDAY'S Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, I concluded "this is not entertaining. " It also wasn't racing, if you define racing as two or more race cars competing for the lead. Jimmie Johnson dominated the Texas race, leading 225 of 334 laps, including the last 34. His sixth victory of the year, combined with Matt Kenseth's fourth-place finished, gives Johnson a seven-point lead with two races remaining in the Chase. Johnson is closing in on his sixth Cup series title.
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June 11, 2013 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND - Jimmie Johnson winning races is not exactly OMG, jaw-dropping news. Johnson's dominating win in yesterday's Party in the Poconos 400 was his 63rd career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. He is second to Jeff Gordon's 87 among active drivers, eighth all-time. Johnson led 128 of the 160 laps at Pocono Raceway, including the last 31. Johnson's third win of the season ties him with Matt Kenseth for most visits to victory lane this year. A sixth Cup title is clearly on Johnson's radar.
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November 18, 2010
'WE'RE NOT intending on playing any defense. We're going to throw the long ball all day long. " So said Gil Martin, crew chief for Kevin Harvick. That's the Chase spirit. It's three for the show in Sunday's Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With Denny Hamlin leading four-time reigning champion Jimmie Johnson by only 15 points, it's the closest points difference with one race remaining in the Chase for the Championship's 7 years. Harvick, 46 points behind Hamlin, is the only other Chase driver in contention for the title.
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November 11, 2010 | by Bill Fleischman
In this corner, weighing maybe 150 pounds, "Joltin' " Jeff Gordon. In the other corner, weighing about 165, Jeff "Crash" Burton. By now, NASCAR fans and probably YouTubers know about the shoving match Gordon and Burton had after they wrecked in last Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Phoenix. Gordon was furious that Burton drove into his No. 24 Chevrolet during a caution period. Since both drivers are among the classiest people in racing, it was uncharacteristic for them to get physical.
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October 28, 2010 | by Bill Fleischman
THANK YOU, Denny Hamlin, for making the Chase interesting. By winning Sunday at Martinsville, Hamlin trimmed Jimmie Johnson's Chase lead to six points. This is the closest the Chase has been with four races remaining since the 10-race format was introduced in 2004. Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus know they have a serious challenger in the confident Hamlin and his Mike Ford -led team. "I like being behind and chasing a guy," Hamlin said. "I do not like playing defense at all. " Johnson, the Chase Master, has played exceptional defense on his way to four consecutive titles.
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September 26, 2010 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson heard the talk that he wasn't hungry enough, that his team wasn't determined enough, and that just maybe the competition was too strong this time around. But if there was any doubt that NASCAR's four-time reigning champion can win a fifth consecutive Sprint Cup Series title, Johnson's performance in today's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway may convert many of those disbelievers. Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet started on the pole and led early, near the middle and - most important - at the end, pacing the field for a race-high 191 laps en route to his sixth win in 18 starts at the Monster Mile.
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September 23, 2010 | by Bill Fleischman
NASCAR threw the rule book at Clint Bowyer yesterday, hitting him where it hurts. After determining that Bowyer's winning Chevrolet at New Hampshire violated NASCAR specifications, Bowyer and car owner Richard Childress were docked 150 championship points. Bowyer's penalty sends him reeling from second in Chase points to 12th and last. After one Chase race, he is now 185 points behind leader Denny Hamlin. Bowyer trails 11th-place Chaser Matt Kenseth by 49 points. Talk about a quick rise and fall . . . Shane Wilson, Bowyer's crew chief, was fined $150,000, suspended for the next six Chase races and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Car chief Chad Haney was suspended for six races and also put on probation until Dec. 31. NASCAR said Bowyer's No. 33 Chevy body location specifications did not conform to the rules.
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February 11, 2010 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
"A four-peat for Jimmie Johnson? For NASCAR's sake, let's hope not. " - Daily News, Feb. 12, 2009 THE ABOVE was our lead a year ago. Well, Johnson completed his unprecedented four-peat last year and NASCAR has survived. Now, he's going for five in a row. Five in a row! Johnson's No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team, led by crew chief Chad Knaus, is intact, which is bad news for his racing rivals. Clearly, Johnson is capable of winning again. Until another team proves it can topple "King James," he is the man to beat.
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