Chase puts contending crew chiefs on center stage

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.

Updated: October 5, 2007, 2:55 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Steve Letarte didn't appear to have a care in the world as he sat on top of a blue cooler outside the No. 24 hauler of Jeff Gordon late Thursday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway.

"Just hanging out," he said with a big smile.

Letarte won't be quite so laid back Sunday when he sits on top of Gordon's pit box at this 2.66-mile track, the fourth stop in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.

There will be moments of anxiety, moments when he ...

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