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MONOPOLY MANAGEMENT: GO DIRECTLY, DO NOT PASS GO, AND DO NOT COLLECT $200


One shoe was dropped Monday by NASCAR in Daytona Beach with the announcement that CHAD KNAUS, NASCAR Nextel Cup crew chief for RICK HENDRICK driver, JIMMIE JOHNSON/#48 Lowes Chevrolet, has been "ejected from any further participation in 2006 Daytona 500 activities as a result of a rules infraction discovered following pole qualifying runs Sunday."

Basically, Knaus has been sent straight home. He can't pass Go and can't collect $200. He could receive a large fine, and he can't go any place requiring the use of his NASCAR license or 'Hard Card', because they have been pulled by NASCAR - which is its prerogative and totally under its control.

DARIAN GRUBB, Hendrick lead engineer for both Johnson's team and JEFF GORDON/#24 DuPont Chevrolet, has taken over for Knaus at the track.

Knaus can work at the Rick Hendrick race shop. He said: "It's obviously disappointing to miss the biggest race of the year, but I'm confident in Darian and the rest of my team-mates. There's been a lot of effort put into the Daytona 500 and I know the team will be successful with the support they'll receive from the entire organisation."

Hendrick said: "We understand NASCAR's position. Our expectations for the team remain high. It's a deep, championship-calibre group and they'll step up this weekend."

NASCAR is mad and not going to take it any more. There WILL be further NASCAR penalties, after the Daytona 500. Those further penalties will apply to Johnson's car, and could apply to the #96 DLP Chevrolet driven by TERRY LABONTE for the new team of TROY AIKMAN and ROGER STAUBACH. That car was penalised for an unapproved carburettor, found in post-qualifying inspection.

Among the penalty possibilities is NASCAR taking the cars. And there's always the NASCAR fine system, which has been escalating with each incident. Knaus was fined in 2002, 2003 and 2005, with his last fine being $35,000. Fines and suspensions are appeal-able. Ejection is not.

Both Johnson and Terry Labonte will start at the rear of the first Gatorade Duels Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. The Duals are Twin 150-mile qualifying races which set the rest of the field for Sunday's Daytona 500. The Daytona 500 front row was set Sunday with two Jeffs - JEFF BURTON/#31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet on pole, and last year's Daytona 500 winner, Jeff Gordon, next to him.


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Jimmie Johnson, seen here in interime Lowes Chevrolet livery, was on the pace during pre-season testing at Daytona
Chad Knaus, crew chief for the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the rain delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 3M Chevrolet, races Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Pro Services Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Pro Services Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Pro Services Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Pro Services Chevrolet, celebrates with pistols in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Pro Services Chevrolet, celebrates with pistols in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the # 48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet SS, stops in his pit on his way to victory Saturday, April 11, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Johnson moved to second place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the # 48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet SS, does a burnout in celebration of his win Saturday, April 11, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Johnson moved to second place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the # 48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory Saturday, April 11, 2015 after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Johnson moved to second place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the # 48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory Saturday, April 11, 2015 after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Johnson moved to second place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 STP Ford, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Ortho Ford, Trevor Bayne, driver of the #6 AdvoCare Ford, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 29, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, qualifies for fifth position Friday, March 27, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Johnson is seventh in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings.(Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Brian Vickers, driver of the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, answers questions from media during a press conference before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 22, 2015 in Fontana, California. Vickers was forced to withdraw from competition due to blood clots. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet, leads Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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