7-time NASCAR champion Johnson gets new crew chief

7-time NASCAR champion Johnson gets new crew chief

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson is moving on to another new crew chief.

Hendrick Motorsports has replaced Kevin Meendering with Cliff Daniels, who will be atop the pit box for Sunday's road course race at Watkins Glen International in New York.

Johnson won seven championships with crew chief Chad Knaus over 17 years before they were split up after last season. Meendering failed to steer Johnson into victory lane this season. Johnson is 12 points out of the 16-driver playoff field with five races left before the cutoff.

The 31-year-old Daniels was Johnson's race engineer on the 2016 championship team.

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