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Despite Jimmie Johnson's championship run this season, team owner Rick Hendrick felt his whole organization had grown complacent throughout the season and changes were needed to made in order to be successful in 2011. He switched crew chiefs on all three teams, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. will now work with Steve Letarte, Jeff Gordon will be paired with Alan Gustafson and Lance McGrew will become part of Mark Martin’s team. Hendrick disregarded that the changes were centered on another disappointing season for Junior, who finished 21st and 25th in back-to-back seasons. Instead, he wanted to pair up individuals that Hendrick felt would work well together.