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  • 16 August 2019
    导出博客文章HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Chad Knaus has said in the past that being four years older
    than Jimmie Johnson, there is the possibility that he could retire from being a
    crew chief before Johnson does as a driver.But why break up a good thing?A split
    looked as if it might be necessary earlier this year when Johnson went on a
    24-race winless streak, the longest of his career. But after the two won their
    seventh Sprint Cup title together Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, it seems
    as if they might continue for three, four, five or however many years Johnson
    wants to keep racing.[Thats] probably the way its going to roll out, for sure,
    Knaus said. It really is. I love him like a brother. Hes a fantastic
    individual.They have had their moments of sniping at each other on the radio and
    will continue to do so. Thats just the way they operate. ?But with 80 career
    victories, Johnson would be stupid to want someone else atop the box.Jimmie has
    taught me more about life than life itself has taught me, Knaus said. Hes taught
    me about family. Hes taught me about relationships. Hes taught me about being a
    champion.When we started this thing, all I was was just a racer guy, and he was
    a cool California kid, and we kind of grew up together. To be in this situation
    to where we know hes got a handful of years left, whatever they may be, and for
    Jimmie and Mr.?[Rick] Hendrick to want me to stick with the 48 car and be at the
    helm of this ship -- man, its flattering.Its also the right thing to do. At
    least the results say so.Those guys have a unique relationship, said four-time
    Cup champion and Hendrick Motorsports co-owner Jeff Gordon. I think if they
    peeled back all the layers, [they] will tell you theyve gone through plenty of
    emotions and ups and downs and moments where they werent sure.But theyve stuck
    it out and thats what made them so strong and why theyre seven-time
    champions.Knaus is known to push the envelope, and at times it has bitten him.
    On Sunday, it gnawed at him as the teams car was pulled from the grid and taken
    back through inspection for what appeared to be a slight adjustment on one of
    the posts.Johnson had to start at the rear of the field, a penalty that has
    occurred throughout the garage with somewhat regularity throughout the second
    half of the season. Teams appear willing to take a risk for what could be a
    slight advantage -- or just keeping up with everyone else -- knowing they have
    time to work their way through the field.Its just one of those deals, dude,
    Knaus said. You work. Thats what we do. We work. Everybody works out there --
    everybody, every single team. ... The facts are everybody is out there,
    everybody is doing everything they possibly can to try to get every ounce of
    speed out of their race cars, and were going to do the exact same thing, just
    like everybody else.There could be a reason Knaus needs every ounce of speed out
    of his race cars. The Hendrick teams were more than a tick behind for much of
    the year.I still dont think that we necessarily had the speed that we need week
    in and week out, Knaus said. Weve got to get our cars better, for sure. ... Weve
    got some work to do to continue to be able to compete with those guys.The one
    thing we have in our corner is we have Jimmie Johnson. He is the one that makes
    things happen when we dont necessarily have the race cars.?When we do have the
    race cars that we need, he does phenomenal things.Xfinity Series: Suarez makes
    historyDaniel Suarez won the Xfinity Series title, and he has had lots of
    mentors, from Joe Gibbs Racing drivers such as Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch to a
    driver many wouldnt guess.Former NASCAR driver and truck series champion Ron
    Hornaday Jr. helped teach Suarez how to handle restarts better, something that
    came in handy Saturday when he won the race to capture the title.I was horrible
    at it, Suarez said. I was the worst ever out there on my restarts. One day I got
    the opportunity to talk to him. I went to his house.He started teaching me some
    good advice, and after that I really felt like I was a different driver, and
    tonight, we won a championship and a race because of restarts. I want to thank
    Ron Hornaday big time for all his help.Edwards has been impressed with the
    improvement Suarez has made this year.Man, that guy is really impressive,
    Edwards said. Hes a very nice person, to begin with, and then he just is a hard
    worker, and if you take the [limited] experience that Daniel has, he shouldnt be
    running the way he is.?Hes very, very gifted, so I really enjoy being around
    him.Camping World Truck Series: Sauter wins one for familyIn Milwaukee racing
    circles, the Sauter name has been tormenting the area short tracks for
    decades.Even in NASCAR, the Sauter name has been racing since 1980.But an
    individual driver championship has eluded the family in NASCAR -- until Friday
    night when Johnny Sauter captured the crown.His father, Jim, and brothers Jim
    Jr., Jay and Tim all competed in NASCAR.Johnny himself ran his first national
    series race in 2001.I dont know what it would mean to me until it really
    happened, but for my family, just validation for -- I dont know that they need
    validation, but its just cool, said Sauter, the 2001 ASA champion. My dad had
    raced for 40 years. ...?So its just cool to grow up in a racing family, go to so
    many racetracks throughout the Midwest, and to be a champion in one of the top
    three NASCAR divisions, thats just something that I hope the family can
    enjoy.The Sauter and Shear families have competed against or with each other for
    decades as well, and Johnny and crew chief Joe Shear Jr. had the magic to win
    the title.Me and Johnny have been together for years and our families have been
    together for years, and weve raced against each other, and weve won a
    championship before, and weve just become best friends and worked really hard
    and been determined, Shear said. Im like almost lost for words.?This is like
    really huge and special.
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    . Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also
    scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie
    Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was
    solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout.
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    . Soukalova missed only one target and completed
    the 15-kilometre course in 40 minutes, 32.6 seconds for both victories in this
    seasons individual discipline. Darya Domracheva of Belarus was second, 34.
    .J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers
    defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night.
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    . Varlamov made 33 saves and Ryan OReilly had a goal and scored in
    the shootout as the Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night.
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    .com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of
    the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday
    night. MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Damian Lillard had his lowest-scoring game of the
    season. CJ McCollum made up the difference by matching the best game of his
    career.McCollum scored 37 points, 16 in the fourth quarter, to help the Portland
    Trail Blazers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-94 on Sunday.I just went into the
    game being aggressive, McCollum said.McCollum had 10 straight Portland points in
    the closing minutes put the game away, and also matched his career best with six
    3-pointers. Lillard added 19 points and seven assists, and Maurice Harkless
    finished with 18 points.He was big-time, Lillard said about McCollum. Thats who
    he is. We see him get hot like that all the time. ... As a point guard, and as
    somebody that knows how capable he is of taking over a game, you go to it.Marc
    Gasol led Memphis with 21 points, and Mike Conley added 16 points and seven
    assists. Zach Randolph had 15 points and seven rebounds.The game was close with
    13 lead changes and 12 ties before Portland pulled away late behind McCollum
    hitting 6 of 9 shots in the fourth.He had a good rhythm, Portland coach Terry
    Stotts said. I thought he took (shots) in rhythm. He got within the context and
    flow of the game.Conleys 3-pointer from 31 feet at the horn, gave Memphis a
    51-47 lead at the break, but the Grizzlies struggled in the second half.We cant
    seem to find a level of consistent play throughout the game, and thats really
    hurting us right now, Memphis coach David Fizdale said after his teams second
    straight loss.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard entered the game ranked second in
    the league in scoring, averaging 34.2 points. His previous low-scoring game this
    season was 27 at Phoenix Wednesday. ... Portland has scored at least 100 in all
    seven of its games. ... McCollums performancee marked the first time this season
    someone other than Lillard led Portland in scoring.dddddddddddd.Grizzlies:
    Memphis G Tony Allen left in the second quarter with a right hip injury. He
    returned in the second half. ... Gasol has made a 3-pointer in all six games hes
    played this season. ... Conley, who entered the game ranked second in the league
    in 3-point shooting at 59.3 percent, was 1 of 5 from outside the arc.LADIES and
    GENTLEMEN, CHANDLER PARSONSParsons, the Grizzlies biggest off-season
    acquisition, started in his season debut Sunday and missed all eight of his shot
    in just under 22 minutes. Parsons, signed by Memphis during the offseason for
    four years, $94 million, did not play in the preseason or in the first six
    regular season games, recovering from right knee surgery. I expected him to be
    rusty, Memphis coach David Fizdale said. The guy hasnt played in I dont know how
    long.DAME DINGED UPLillard injured his left thumb in the second quarter, but
    didnt leave the game although he kept shaking the hand the rest of the half.
    While the thumb was swollen, he didnt anticipate any long-term affects. Lillard
    also rolled his ankle. It would take more than that to keep me out of the game,
    he said.STILL ADJUSTINGWith Parsons debut, Memphis employed its fifth different
    starting lineup in the first seven games as first-year coach David Fizdale
    searches for consistency.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Portland returns home to face the
    Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. The Trail Blazers lost to Phoenix 118-115 in
    overtime last WednesdayGrizzlies: Memphis closes out a four-game homestand on
    Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets. ' ' '