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Monday, February 29, 2016

4 IN TOP 2 ON NEW 'MOST INFLUENTIAL' LIST

POWER PLAYERS for the week of  February 28: This week's 10 most influential
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. 

  3Tony 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.

  8. Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet -- Kasey Kahne drivers sweep the World of Outlaws weekend in Texas. 

 10. Claire B. Lang -- Listening to her garage area reports on Sirius XM Channel 90 on any NASCAR weekend means you'll hear directly from the drivers and teams, because everyone talks to Clare B.

more next week . . . ]