people in the Business and Politics of Motorsports, as selected by long-time journalist/publicist and industry insider Michael Knight.
1. Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus -- They make the right calls at the end to win Atlanta as Johnson ties the late Dale Earnhardt's wins total.
3. Tony Stewart and Gene Haas -- Their move from Chevrolet to Ford for the 2017 NASCAR season qualifies as a true shocker. And puts the Blue Oval into position to win a manufacturers' championship.
5. Ken Black -- The Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro NHRA Pro Stock team he owns grabs-hold of the new electronic fuel injection and other new rules to go 2-for-2 this season. At Pomona it was Greg Anderson. At Wild Horse Pass it was Jason Line.
6. Helio Castroneves -- Fastest overall at the two-day Phoenix IndyCar test for Penske and Chevy, but note, Honda clearly has closed the gap. At least on a one-mile oval.
7. Leah Pritchett -- Becomes the 101st different winner in NHRA Top Fuel, winning Wild Horse Pass for driver-turned-owner Bob Vandergriff Jr. Oh, this is the car Larry Dixon was in last season.
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