Changes coming to Dale Jr.'s pit crew

BY foxsports • November 12, 2011

Changes are coming to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team next season.

If it happens, it wouldn't be a surprise to No. 88 crew chief Steve Letarte, who said teams expect to reevaluate rosters after every season.

“I’d be really surprised if we had the same guys that we started this season with,” Letarte said Saturday. “You can never be good enough.”

There could be more changes than usual at Hendrick Motorsports after this season, particularly with the addition of Kasey Kahne and his support staff, led by crew chief Kenny Francis. Kahne and Francis have scored 10 wins since getting together for the 2005 season finale at Homestead-Miami. Francis is expected to bring along several of his existing crew men from Red Bull Racing.

The addition of the Kahne-Frances partnership will change the nucleus of the No. 5 Chevrolet currently led by Lance McGrew. Chris Heroy, who was the team engineer and led Dale Earnhardt Jr. to two top-five finishes as a crew chief in the Nationwide Series this year, is rumored to be leaving Hendrick Motorsports to be crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 crew.

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