NASCAR Drivers Who Would Make the Best Crew Chiefs

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NASCAR Drivers Who Would Make the Best Crew Chiefs
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Jimmie Johnson (left) has learned a lot from crew chief Chad Knaus, and vice-versa.

There's a scene in the movie Days of Thunder where crew chief Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall) tells new driver Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) what he needs from Trickle to make his race car go fast.

While Trickle knows how to drive, he readily admits to Duvall, "I don't know what the hell you're talking about" when it comes to the mechanics of the car.

"I really don't know. A turn here? A wedge there?" Trickle asks incredulously.

Trickle is completely lost from a mechanical standpoint.

But in the real world of NASCAR racing, there are drivers who are so in tune with what makes their cars tick that they could easily step out from behind the wheel and feel equally as comfortable atop a pit box, going from driver to crew chief roles.

They're also the same guys who still, to this day, love to work on their own cars and aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.

Let's take a look at 10 of today's drivers in NASCAR who, if they lost their driving jobs, could easily make the transition to crew chief, if need be.

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