Rick Hendrick announced to in a press conference that Dale Earnhrdt Jr requested a former 48/88 team member, Dale Pooler Jr replace Greg Ives as his crew chief for the remainder of the 2017 season. “Dale Pooler Jr will bring a lot to the table and help put the 88 back in victory lane and were very excited to have him back with us” said Rick Hendrick. Dale Earnhardt Jr added that “were going to call it the Dale and Dale show”. Greg Ives will be replacing Chad Knaus in an effort to improve the 48 team’s performance. Chad Knaus will be become the new director of competition at Hendrick motorsports.