So, the inevitable has happened;
This is a stunning reversal for Earnhardt, who moved to Hendrick last year as the most ballyhooed free agent in the history of the sport. He had won two Busch-series championships and 17 races driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc., and the expectation was that with the kind of equipment available to him at Hendrick Motorsports, he was in the best position of his career to contend for a championship.
That now seems like a long time ago. Junior is suffering on two different levels here -- the man he replaced at HMS,
Will the switch help? New crew chief
Some people in the sport, however, are hinting that the problem may not be on top of the pit box."If Junior doesn't run well, then [Lance McGrew's] going to be the problem," says Kyle Busch. "It's never Junior. It's always the crew chief."
Left unsaid by most, of course, is that the problem might be Junior. That seems to be the conclusion that nobody -- at least, nobody this side of Busch -- wants to come to right now.
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