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Jimmie Johnson's pit crew expands

Updated: January 26, 2011, 5:50 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Five-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will have a primarily new pit crew as part of a plan by crew chief Chad Knaus to shore up depth on the teams of Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Knaus and Steve Letarte, the crew chief for Earnhardt Jr., will take three pit crews to the track each weekend. That will give them a talent pool of 18 crewmen to draw on if they encounter injuries of performance problems.

"We've always tried to work on the depth ...

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