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Johnson, Knaus reach checkered flag of championship pairing

Jimmie Johnson walked into a Hendrick Motorsports family reunion on pit road. Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon chatted near the No. 48 car while Johnson's wife cradled crew chief Chad Knaus' baby boy.

They needed baby wipes as much a checkered flag.

"It's all about this moment right now," Gordon said.

Brooke Knaus kissed her husband, and team owner Rick Hendrick stopped by to give good-luck hugs before he checked in on his other cars. The Johnsons and Knauses posed for family snapshots, and security held off scores of well-wishers wanting to sneak a closer look.

The NASCAR season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway has featured goodbyes in recent...