If Jimmie Johnson wins a record eighth NASCAR Cup Series championship, it won't be with Chad Knaus as his crew chief. Kevin Meendering, crew chief for Elliott Sadler in the Xfinity Series, will take over the No. 48 team starting in 2019, while Knaus will become crew chief for Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron, according to a team news release. Knaus and Johnson began working together in Johnson's rookie season in 2002, and they won five consecutive Cup championships together from 2006 to 2010 as well as championships in 2013 and 2016. They have struggled the past two years, however, with Johnson finishing 10th in the standings last year and failing to advance out of the first round of the playoffs this year. "It's no secret that Chad and Jimmie have experienced their ups and downs over the years," team owner Rick Hendrick said in a news release. "They're fierce competitors, great friends and have immense respect for...


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