Breaking Down What Makes a Great NASCAR Crew Chief

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Breaking Down What Makes a Great NASCAR Crew Chief
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Chad Knaus has been NASCAR's best crew chief for many years

In the world of NASCAR, it is the driver who is the star. They are the ones whose likeness is plastered on t-shirts and posters. And it is them who get the fame and glory when they pull into victory lane, or hoist a championship trophy. 

Then there is the crew chief.

The crew chief is the person who calls the shots. They are the ones that get the race car set up for the driver to have success. They are the ones with the unenviable task of making late-race pit strategy decisions.

Being a successful NASCAR crew chief involves many factors. I am going to take a look at five intangibles that today's top crew chiefs all share, and which were part of what went into making them the best in the business.

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