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Ives to be Earnhardt's crew chief in '15

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There was no shortage of candidates to replace Steve Letarte as Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief

The list of applicants was long, but Hendrick Motorsports has always liked to groom its own talent. So the organization didn't have to look very far for the next leader of the No. 88 Chevrolet.

Greg Ives, who was shipped over to Earnhardt's Nationwide Series team at the end of 2012 to gain his first experience as crew chief, was chosen Wednesday as Letarte's replacement with NASCAR's most popular driver. Letarte will move to an analyst role with NBC Sports and Ives will move from JR Motorsports to crew chief for Earnhardt.

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2 M.Crafton 365 2
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5 G.Quiroga 343 0
6 D.Wallace Jr. 341 2
7 B.Kennedy 332 0
8 T.Peters 327 0
9 J.Coulter 312 0
10 J.Townley 304 0
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