Issue turns out to be non-issue for NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 16:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, stands on the grid during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 16: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, stands on the grid during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Nearly lost admit the furor of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup championship deciding race at Homestead-Miami Speedway was a late race issue between  the Hendrick Motorsports team of  driver Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus. Nearing the three-quarter mark of the race, shortly after a round of pit stops, NASCAR officials told Knaus as well as several representatives from the organization including the competition director, that they would need to report to the NASCAR hauler after the race.

Any competitor called to the NASCAR hauler can usually expect a less than pleasant meeting.  The only information that leaked out prior to the meeting was that Knaus had not followed a NASCAR directive. After the race in which Johnson finished ninth, Knaus, Johnson and executive vice president and general manager of Hendrick Motorsports Doug Duchardt dutifully reported to the hauler.

Afterwards Duchardt and NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition and Racing Development Robin Pemberton met with the media and said the entire incident was really over nothing. MORE>>>

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