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No. 48 crew to have starters, backups

Updated: February 12, 2011, 11:08 PM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Chad Knaus sounds more like an NFL coach than a NASCAR crew chief when he talks about his plans to improve Jimmie Johnson's pit stops.

He'll have his starters. And if they don't perform up to par, he'll send them to the bench.

As if there weren't enough pressure on the pit crew for the Sprint Cup series' five-time defending champion, Knaus is raising the stakes going into the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.

"It depends on how you look at it," Knaus said Friday ...

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