Sirius XM NASCAR Radio personality Dave Moody is reporting that Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr's #88 Chevrolet, will leave his current role and head to the broadcast booth at NBC Sports in 2015. Letarte has been the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr since the the 2011 season and has helped with the dramatic turnaround for the sports most popular driver.
Letarte will join Rick Allen and Jeff Burton in the booth at NBC Sports Network. Letarte's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief career began in 2005 when he took over for Robbie Loomis on Jeff Gordon's #24 Chevrolet. He and Gordon worked together for the next five seasons and together had an amazing 2007 season in which the team won seven races together and finished second in the point standings. After the 2010 season Letarte and Gordon's relationship ended as a shift in Hendrick Motorsports occurred when Dale Earnhardt Jr's #88 Chevrolet and Jeff Gordon's #24 Chevrolet switched shops at HMS and Earnhardt began working with Letarte. The move was a gigantic one and Earnhardt's struggles at Hendrick Motorsports in previous seasons seemed to get a lot better. Earnhardt's three best seasons with the team have come with Letarte as his crew chief.
The move will not effect the 2014 season and there is no word on who will replace Letarte following the season. Earnhardt's current contract at Hendrick Motorsports runs through the 2017 season.
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