Knaus stands alone among crew chiefs with third title in a row

Jimmie Johnson won his third straight title, and that puts him in elite company. Crew chief Chad Knaus also won his third in a row, and that puts him in a class by himself.

Updated: February 16, 2009, 11:23 AM ET

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No one has been able to top the dynamic duo of Jimmie Johsnon, left, and Chad Knaus for three seasons.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Chad Knaus was standing atop Jimmie Johnson's pit box early Sunday evening, telling his driver and crew just how proud he was of their efforts for the night and season, when a deep, raspy voice chimed in over his radio headset.

"Chad Knaus," the voice said. "Darby here."

It ...

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