7-time champ, Johnson, gets new crew chief


July 30, 2019 - 9:49 AM

(AP) — On the brink of missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is moving on to another new crew chief in the hope of reversing a serious slide into irrelevance.

Johnson’s bid to snap a tie with Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for career Cup titles is on the backburner for now, the immediate goal becomes simply making NASCAR’s postseason.

Hendrick Motorsports on Monday made its second big shake-up in months atop Johnson’s pit box and replaced Kevin Meendering with Cliff Daniels. Daniels will call the shots starting with Sunday’s road course race at Watkins Glen International in New York.

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