Tony Eury Sr. (right) was the first crew chief Dale Earnhardt Jr. ever had in what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2000.
See where he ranks among all of Dale Jr.’s crew chiefs in terms of number of starts and number of wins earned togther. Here is every crew chief Earnhardt has worked with while racking up his 26 career Cup wins:
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Brian Whitesell, 1 race, 0 wins
Whitesell stepped in for one race only at Dover in 2009 after Tony Eury Jr. was reassigned to a new job within Hendrick Motorsports. Junior started 22nd and finished 12th in his one race that Whitesell called.
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Pete Rondeau, 11 races, 0 wins
Pete Rondeau (left, with driver Regan Smith) may have won the Southern 500 as Smith’s crew chief in 2011 at Darlington, but he lasted only 11 races with Earnhardt at the beginning of the 2005 season.
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Tony Gibson, 11 races, 0 wins
Gibson, who won the Daytona 500 with his current driver, Kurt Busch, earlier this season, subbed for the suspended Tony Eury Jr. for six races in the middle of the 2007 season — and then was on top of Junior’s pit box for the last five of the year after Eury Jr. left to sign on with Hendrick Motorsports. Earnhardt’s best finish with Gibson was fourth at New Hampshire.
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Lance McGrew, 62 races, 0 wins
McGrew stepped in for the last 23 races of 2009 and remained Earnhardt’s crew chief through the enitre 2010 season, which began with them finishing second in the Daytona 500. But they never won a race together.
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Steve Hmiel, 9 races, 1 win
Despite being Earnhardt’s pit boss for the mere stretch of only nine races in the otherwise tumultuous 2005 season while driving the No. 8 Chevrolet at Dale Earnhardt Inc., Hmiel (right , in white shirt) became one of only five crew chiefs to score a win with Dale Jr. when they went to Victory Lane at Chicagoland Speedway.
Tony Eury Jr., 119 races, 2 wins
As cousins, the close relationship between Earnhardt and Eury Jr. was expected to pay more dividends on the track than it ever actually produced. They won only two races together — at Richmond in 2006 while with DEI and in 2008 at Michigan during Earnhardt’s first season with Hendrick.
Greg Ives, 62 races, 3 wins
Ives, Earnhardt’s current crew chief as he now works his way through what he says is his final Cup season, already has helped the driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy earn three victories. They won at Talladega, Daytona (in July) and Phoenix in their first season together in 2015.
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Steve Letarte, 144 races, 5 wins
Letarte took over the role beginning in 2011 and held it through the 2014 season, when Earnhardt swept both Pocono races (at a track where he previously had struggled) and piled up a total of four wins.
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Tony Eury Sr., 183 races, 15 wins
No one has been able to top the chemistry Earnhardt was able to forge early in his Cup career with Eury Sr., who also helped him win a total of 13 races while racking up back-to-back championships in what is now the XFINITY Series. They won a total of 15 Cup races together from Earnhardt’s rookie season in 2000 through 2004, when Junior went to Victory Lane a career-high six times.
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