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Chad Johnston DOB: 05/22/1980
HEIGHT: 5'9 WEIGHT: 180
HOMETOWN: Cayuga, IN
RESIDENCE: Moorseville, NC

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CHAD JOHNSTON:  CREW CHIEF NO. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS TOYOTA


Throughout this season, No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Martin Truex Jr. knows when he pulls into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, he has someone leading his crew who understands his feedback and has the expertise to make his Toyota go faster.

That’s because his crew chief Chad Johnston is a racer himself.

The 32-year-old grew up racing open wheel midget cars on the paved and dirt short tracks in Indiana. That driving experience helps him absorb the information Truex provides from the driver’s seat and make changes to better the car.

Listen to any successful driver and crew chief combination in NASCAR and they will attribute most of their success to one thing: communication.

Johnston’s career in NASCAR began in 2004 and has included stints with drivers Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Elliott Sadler, Scott Riggs and Dennis Setzer. Johnston and Truex have built momentum since his elevation to the crew chief position.

The pair finished the 2011 season with four top-10s in the final five races. They’ve continued the impressive performance in 2012 winning the pole at Texas and giving Michael Waltrip Racing its first legitimate shot at earning a berth in NASCAR’s Chase to the Championship. 

There isn’t a lengthy job description for either Johnston or Truex. Car owner Waltrip has made the team goals rather simple – win races. So far, the duo has yet to disappoint by leading more than 310 laps in competition and ranking in the top 10 in the championship point standings.

Both Truex and Johnston know the goal and have no doubt about their ability to become a frequent visitor to victory lane. When they do, listen to their post-race interview and count the times the pair mention their favorite word: communication.


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