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CUP: Hendrick Motorsports Makes Crew Changes

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Hendrick Motorsports has made personnel adjustments in preparation for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. being teamed with new crew chiefs.

Below are the driver-crew chief pairings for each Hendrick Motorsports car, effective immediately:

No. 5 ChevroletDriver: Mark MartinCrew Chief: Lance McGrew

No. 24 ChevroletDriver: Jeff GordonCrew Chief: Alan Gustafson

No. 48 ChevroletDriver: Jimmie JohnsonCrew Chief: Chad Knaus

No. 88 ChevroletDriver: Dale Earnhardt Jr.Crew Chief: Steve Letarte

The cars of Martin and four-time Sprint Cup champion Gordon will be fielded out of the same facility, now known as the 5/24 shop. Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevrolets will be prepared out of the renamed 48/88 shop alongside those of five-time and defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

"This will improve us as an organization, across the board," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "We had a championship season (in 2010), but we weren't where we wanted and needed to be with all four teams. We've made the right adjustments, and I'm excited to go racing with this lineup."