Instant analysis of the Daytona 500
An engine change following Saturday's qualifying will force Dale Earnhardt Jr. to start from the back of the field in Sunday's Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and crew chief Steve Letarte know all too well leading the points standings at this point in the season may not mean much, but it certainly could lead to bigger things.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is confident he has more victories in him. Four years to the day after his last one, a lot of other drivers see NASCAR's most popular driver winning soon, too.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. apologized to crew chief Steve Letarte and the rest of his team for a gaffe that cost them Sunday. Compare it to one year ago, and Junior's attitude is like night and day.
From tandem racing to stars dropping like flies to a 20-year-old in Victory Lane, the 2011 Daytona 500 was as crazy as it was exciting.
Five-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will have a primarily new pit crew as part of a plan by crew chief Chad Knaus to shore up depth on the teams of Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Hendrick Motorsports has dramatically shuffled its lineup by moving three crew chiefs to new drivers.
Steve Letarte has signed a three-year extension to remain the crew chief for four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon at Hendrick Motorsports.
If Steve Letarte takes the blame for Jeff Gordon's woes, shouldn't the crew chief get credit when things are going well?
Jeff Gordon isn't out of this thing yet. If the four-time Cup champ and crew chief Steve Letarte can find some answers during a two-day test session at Lowe's, watch out for the No. 24.
Pressure? The crew chiefs for the 12 Chasers are feeling a ton, and it doesn't get any easier Sunday at Talladega, writes David Newton.
Steve Letarte started as a 16-year-old clean-up boy for Hendrick Motorsports. Today, Jeff Gordon's sidekick is one of the hottest crew chiefs in the biz, writes David Newton.
Jeff Gordon did everything he could to pass teammate Jimmie Johnson and win at Martinsville. Well, almost everything, writes David Newton.