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CONCORD, NC - MAY 27: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Stars & Stripes Chevrolet, sits in his car before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
After finishing up a morning schedule of classes in high school, a 16-year-old Steve Letarte reported for work around noon each day at the Hendrick Motorsports shop outside Charlotte, NC, where his father, Don, built race car chassis. There, the teenager cleaned air conditioning ducts, dusted ceiling fans, scrubbed the tops of cabinets, washed company vans, inventoried car parts and then enthusiastically asked, "What's next?" It sure beat his previous job -- mowing neighbor Ray Evernham's yard. At Hendrick Motorsports, Letarte quickly realized sweeping floors is Motorsports 101. The broom and dustpan have famously launched the career of several of Hendrick's biggest success stories, including the team's president, Marshall Carlson. It worked for Letarte, too, who's capitalized on what seems like a "Leave It to Beaver" lesson in good ol'-fashioned work ethic and extreme loyalty. As the crew chief on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevy, Letarte has guided ...
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