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Crew chief confident Earnhardt Jr. will rebound

Updated: March 12, 2007, 4:07 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Richie Gilmore turned to college football legend Lou Holtz to help Dale Earnhardt Jr. get through his worst start since joining the Nextel Cup series full-time in 2000.

No, he didn't employ Holtz to figure out why the engines of Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. self-destructed two weeks ago at California.

He attributed Earnhardt Jr.'s problem to a bad batch of valve springs and Truex's to an error by one of his best assemblers.

But he did start reading Holtz's latest ...

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