Rick Hendrick: Announcements coming soon on Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and Lowe’s

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CONCORD, N.C. – Car owner Rick Hendrick confirmed Tuesday that an announcement is likely next week in regards to Jimmie Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and sponsor Lowe’s.

All three are in the final year of their contracts with Hendrick Motorsports.

“You might not have to wait a week,” Hendrick said with a smile. “It’s just a matter of rolling it out, probably next week.”

Johnson last signed a five-year contract extension that carried through this season. Lowe’s signed a two-year extension in Feb. 2013, putting its deal in line with Johnson’s and Knaus’.

Johnson and Kanus have combined to win six Sprint Cup championships. Johnson’s four wins this season are tied with Kyle Busch for most victories in the series this year. Johnson has won at least four races a season every year but one since 2004. He’s the only driver to have made the Chase for the Sprint Cup every year since it debuted in 2004.