Rick Hendrick Thinking About Making Big Changes to Two of His Teams UPDATED

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Rick Hendrick Thinking About Making Big Changes to Two of His Teams UPDATED
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Rick Hendrick wants results.

So do his teams of Mark Martin in the No. 5 and most definitely the No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The two have not gotten off to the best start in 2009 and sit 13th and 19th in points. But help may be on the way.

Sources close to the organization say that during Easter break, there was a meeting between Dale Earnhardt Jr., his crew chief Tony Eury Jr., and Mark Martin and his crew chief Alan Gustafson.

Hendrick has set a three week timetable for the teams to pick up their performace, and if they don't, he may switch the crew chiefs.

All parties have agreed to this decision and would support the switch if it happens. This always goes back to when Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Eury Jr. agreed that if Rick Hendrick decided to separate them, they would whole-heartedly agree. 

However, after Mark Martin dominated and won Saturday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix, for his first win of the year and first in nearly four years, it is now likely that Gustafson will not be going anywhere. 

A new timetable has been set for after the All-Star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 16th. 

If both teams are still struggling, the switch may take place.

But if Martin continues to run well after Phoenix and Earnhardt Jr. is still running poorly then Hendrick has another idea for that team.

Remove Tony Eury Jr. and the crew chief could become either Ron Malac, the three-time Sprint Cup Champion and current car chief with Jimmie Johnson, or current car chief Joe Burdett of Jeff Gordon.

Those teams sit first and second in points and have each won this year. 

By the time the Series rolls into Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 in four weeks, there could be changes that affect all four cars at Hendrick Motorsports and hopefully benefit the two that have been struggling. 

Update: A higher-up at Hendrick Motorsports has responded to the reports about making crew chief changes and they have denied that anything will be different in the future. 

Source: Jayski.com

 

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