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NASCAR America: Steve Letarte on preparing Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 88 team for the Chase

Jun 25, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

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On Wednesday’s NASCAR America, we were joined by Steve Letarte, in his final season as Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s crew chief (Letarte moves to NBC Sports as a NASCAR TV analyst next season).

After Junior placed third this past Sunday on the road course at  Sonoma — the first time he’s ever recorded a top-10 at the twisting and turning track in California’s wine country — Letarte talks about the dynamics of qualifying for the playoffs and how the Chase for the Sprint Cup impacts the rest of the season.