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CONCORD, N.C. – At the track only about 100 miles away from his hometown of Rockford, Illinois, Chad Knaus received a special honor before Sunday afternoon’s race at Chicagoland Speedway.

The No. 48 crew chief earned induction into the Chicagoland Speedway Legend’s Club. Since its inception in 2014, the club commemorates some of NASCAR’s most recognizable figures, families and personalities.

“I’m a little torn on it because usually, when someone gets inducted in any type of Legend’s Club, Hall of Fame or Admiral’s Club, it means that they’re old,” Knaus joked. “I guess I’m getting up there in age.”

Knaus is now alongside the likes of Brett Bodine, Richard Childress, Richard Petty, Joe Nemecheck, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace, Fred Lorenzen, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Burton among many other notable NASCAR figures.

“It’s an honor to be there,” the seven-time champion crew chief said. “A lot of cool people are lined up in there. It’s neat to be lined up next to them.”