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More changes made to Jimmie Johnson’s pit crew

Thursday, May. 16, 2013

jutter@charlotteobserver.com

After a couple of slower-than-usual pit stops during last weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Darlington, two changes have been made to the pit crew for Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 team.

Beginning with this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, crew chief Chad Knaus named Cam Waugh the new front-tire changer and David Mayo as the new rear-tire changer.

Both had been members of the No. 48’s auxiliary pit crew.

Thursday’s changes come a week after Ryan Patton was named the new rear tire carrier on the No. 48.

The reconstituted pit crew will get its first test Friday night during qualifying the for the all-star race, which includes a four-tire pit stop.

Wrapping up charity tour: The NASCAR Foundation’s “Ten Days of Giving” tour, which included surprise philanthropic activities in communities across the country, culminates Friday with the 10th annual NASCAR Day.

NASCAR Day is a celebration of drivers, corporate partners, media and fans uniting with the NASCAR Foundation to support a range of charitable causes. To date, through NASCAR Day activities, nearly $12 million has been raised for charities supported by the Foundation with an emphasis on children’s causes.

That’s Dr. Childress to you: In a ceremony held Wednesday at Sapona Ridge Country Club in Lexington, NASCAR team owner Richard Childress received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Childress was awarded the degree for his achievements in the high performance/motorsports industry, his commitment to assist in the school’s goal of achieving educational excellence and his lifetime achievements in auto racing.

Speeds up at Michigan: Drivers Kurt Busch and Trevor Bayne spent two days this week at Michigan International Speedway testing with their respective Furniture Row Racing and Wood Brothers Racing teams.

Busch’s top average speed around the 2-mile oval was 195.865 mph with a top speed of 212 mph down the back stretch.

“Raw speed,” Busch said. “This place is fast. It’s fun. You always pull the belts down tight for your first lap out.”

Cardinale wins Spirit Award: John Cardinale was named the first quarter recipient of the National Motorsport Press Association Spirit Award.

The former vice president of media relations for Sonoma Raceway, Cardinale created “John’s March Against Stomach Cancer” in an effort to raise money and bring awareness to the disease. The inaugural event raised nearly $17,000.

Cardinale, 47, succumbed to the disease March 21 following a two-year battle.