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FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, stands on pit road after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer Rick Hendrick gave little warning to his crew chiefs when he decided to make widespread organizational changes after the 2010 season. Among the swaps? Moving Steve Letarte away from four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon after five full seasons for a daunting job - guiding Dale Earnhardt Jr. out of his lengthy slump. ''I walked in one day unannounced and said, `Next year, you're not going to have Jeff Gordon, you're going to have Dale Earnhardt,''' Hendrick said. ''No one knew what was going to happen. When I told him, within 15 minutes he was in his car driving to Dale's house, and he said, `I'm going to sit down with Dale and we're just going to talk about racing, about life, about each other, what each of us want to accomplish.''' It was a critical moment for NASCAR's most popular driver, who in his 51st race with Letarte finally broke a four-year losing streak with his victory Sunday at Michigan. Earnhardt had been t...

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