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The Daly Planet

What I Like About You

Chad Knaus
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By Carol Einarsson | 10/19/2008
Category: What I Like About You

I like that you won the first ever Crew Chief of the Year award, and you did it in your rookie season, too! Almost like you did such a good job they knew they had to start an award for that.

I like that when you were still just a kid, you were crew chief for your own dad at local tracks. That also means you've got a really cool dad, and we like him, too.

I like that you have "moved up through the ranks" in a way that gives hope to a lot of guys just starting out on race teams -- or crew chiefing for their dads somewhere in the Midwest.

I like what you learned in 2004 -- winning the most races you'd ever won in a season doesn't necessarily get you a championship. I like it not from a race-fan point of view, but I appreciate that you learned what the rules are and you adapted to play NASCAR's new game.

And I like what you learned in 2006, that it's not how many races you win, but when you win them. That's what's likely to get you a third straight championship this year.

I like that you have perfect comedic timing because that makes you great on TV. Nobody would care about "Welding, Chad." if you didn't first ask, "Jimmy, what're you doing?!"

I like that you were a tire changer for the Rainbow Warriors, and it makes me look at tire changers today and wonder what greatness might be evident in another ten years.

I like that you know how to handle Michael Waltrip and let him have his fun while you create more fun for viewers with your own subtle glances, raised eyebrows, or tilt of the head.

I like that you're a quiet talker because it makes people have to really focus on what you're saying.

I like that your hair is growing back. Don't know how, but good for you!

I like that your car has led at least one lap in 25 races so far this year and that the 48 team has completed more than 99% of the laps so far this year.

I like that you did the "grass is always greener" thing by leaving Hendrick only to come back better off for the experience.

And one more thing I like about you, Chad Knaus...

I like that even when we may be critical of you for some questionable decisions that get labeled as "cheating", you have a way of bringing us back around to liking you again.



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