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NASCAR 167 940 Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs 29562058 Steve Letarte Steve+Letarte NASCAR

Following the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, team owner Rick Hendrick announced a shift in team-driver alignment that places Earnhardt Jr. with longtime Hendrick employee Steve Letarte. Most recently working as crew chief for four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, Letarte is tasked with helping Earnhardt Jr. reach top form and make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The two seem to enjoy working together already.

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NASCAR 167 940 Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs 22261198 Lance McGrew Lance+McGrew NASCAR

In 2009, Lance McGrew shifted over to Earnhardt Jr.’s team in an internal move in the Hendrick Motorsports organization. The pair has not been able to establish the kind of chemistry needed to win in the series and have not won a race together.

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NASCAR 167 940 Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs 22272013 Steve Hmiel Steve+Hmiel NASCAR

After Rondeau’s exit, Steve Hmiel moved in to take over Earnhardt Jr.’s team on an interim basis in 2005. They won a race together that year (Chicagoland, pictured), but at Richmond in the fall, Eury Jr. was put back in charge for Junior.

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NASCAR 167 940 Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs 22264058 Pete Rondeau Pete+Rondeau NASCAR

In 2005, Pete Rondeau moved over to take charge of Earnhardt Jr.’s team, but the pair never really gelled. Their partnership lasted only a few months, with mixed results.

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NASCAR 167 940 Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs 22264059 Tony Eury Jr. Tony+Eury+Jr. NASCAR

In 2004, Tony Eury Jr. took over making the calls for Earnhardt Jr. The pair found success quickly, winning six races together and finishing fifth in the standings. Despite that, Dale Earnhardt Inc. opted to make a change for 2005. Eury Jr. wasn’t done working with Junior, though. The two reunited in 2006. Since then, they have earned two more victories and finished fifth in the 2006 standings. When Earnhardt Jr. moved to Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, Eury Jr. went with him. They remained together until early in 2009, when Lance McGrew stepped into the role.

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NASCAR 167 940 Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs 22248371 Tony Eury Tony+Eury NASCAR

Dale Earnhardt Jr. worked with Tony Eury Sr. in the Nationwide Series before moving into the NASCAR Sprint Cup ranks. They moved into Cup full time in 2000 and remained together through the 2003 season. In that time, Earnhardt Jr. won nine Cup races and finished a career-best third in the standings in 2003.

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