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Hendrick Motorsports makes change to Dale Jr.'s pit crew

SPARTA, KY - JULY 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on July 11, 2015 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

SPARTA, KY - JULY 11: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on July 11, 2015 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Hendrick Motorsports has made a change to the No. 88 pit crew of Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of Sunday's opening Chase for the Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway.

A Hendrick spokeswoman confirmed to FOXSports.com on Wednesday afternoon that David Mayo has returned as the team's front-tire changer after being replaced at that position the past two weekends by Kevin Novak.

Novak has been a backup crew member for Earnhardt and teammate Jimmie Johnson since December, and was a starting tire changer on the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports team of David Gilliland this year before getting a shot with Earnhardt's team at Darlington and Richmond.

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Other than the past two weekends, Mayo has been the front-tire changer for the No. 88 team since February.

Devin DelRicco will continue as the team's rear-tire changer, a role he's held since mid-season.