Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/5/12
Will Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus be hampered by recent setbacks? Johnson has endured problems in two of the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Johnson and Knaus and the race team are professionals. As Johnson said in his Atlanta postrace interview, they just ran out of racetrack over there when he was involved in a late crash with Ryan Newman and Sam Hornish Jr. I can't say whose fault that was. It was three drivers right after a restart late in a race trying to get all the spots they could. It just was one of those racing deals. But as he said, they had a top-five run going at the time of the crash and he has locked into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. When they blew up at Michigan two weeks ago, Johnson was going to win the race. So that's what they hang their hat on. It's not where they finished at Michigan, it's not where they finished at Atlanta, what they hang their hat on is how they were running in these two races, especially Michigan. It was their race to wi...
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