History's Take on Driver-Crew Chief Chase Pairings
By David Smith (on Twitter at @DavidSmithMA)
A fast racecar is not as fast without a killer driver-crew chief dynamic. Johnson and Knaus have been the bellwether duo since the Chase’s inception. Keselowski and Wolfe were so great together during their title-winning 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season that owner Roger Penske promoted Wolfe, a rare outside hire by the close-to-the-vest organization, to be Keselowski’s Cup Series wrench. The Keselowski-driven, Wolfe-led Blue Deuce began its second consecutive Chase yesterday.
What can we realistically expect from good driver-crew chief pairings during the Chase? Since 2004, as the chart below depicts, the third season in which a driver and crew chief make the Chase together appears to be the “money year” ... Read More
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