Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have hit on something together. They joined forces in 2011, finishing seventh in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and then returning to the field in 2012, finishing 12th. They have one victory together - but look primed for more. Letarte, with 11 career Cup wins, is a calming force within the team who systematically works through issues and has the tenacity and skill to put this team on top early this season. Working within and amongst the Hendrick Motorsports elite also gives this team an edge.