CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -Chad Knaus says the decision to dump Jimmie Johnson's crew with two races remaining was done for the overall good of Hendrick Motorsports.
Knaus benched his crew in the middle of Sunday's race when teammate Jeff Gordon's crew became available. Gordon's crew will pit for the four-time defending NASCAR champion in the last two races of the season.
The move comes as Johnson finds himself outside the points lead this late in the championship for the first time since 2005. He goes to Phoenix this weekend trailing leader Denny Hamlin by 33 points.
Knaus also denied Hamlin crew chief Mike Ford's claim that swapping pit crews was an act of desperation.

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