Substitute crew chiefs on the hot seat

Although Hendrick Motorsports is a deep outfit that will find good substitutes for its suspended crew chiefs, the new guys in charge have to make sure they're communicating clearly with the driver about the car and what adjustments need to be made.

Updated: July 6, 2007, 2:16 AM ET
By Andy Petree | ESPN

Following NASCAR's six-race suspensions for Hendrick Motorsports crew chiefs Steve Letarte and Chad Knaus, installing their substitutes into new roles could have a big impact on the track for their respective drivers, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

It takes sometimes months and even years for these guys to get really good at communicating with each other on what the car is doing, what they need and how they're adjustments are being made. So when they lose a crew chief who they've really ...

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