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Hmiel in as new crew chief

Updated: May 24, 2005, 4:55 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Still seeking his first win of the season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Tuesday replaced his crew chief in an attempt to turn his team around.

Steve Hmiel, the longtime technical director at Dale Earnhardt Inc., will replace Pete Rondeau on an interim basis beginning with this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Hmiel has often stood in as Earnhardt's spotter on race day.

Rondeau took over at the beginning of the season after a shakeup at Dale Earnhardt Inc. sent ...

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