Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2015 crew chief will come from his organization

Greg Ives, a former engineer on Jimmie Johnson’s Sprint Cup Series team and currently Chase Elliott’s crew chief in the Nationwide Series, will assume the same role for Earnhardt in the Cup series beginning next season.

Jeff Gordon viewed his Brickyard 400 win as a turning point for his race team. Confidence had been building with every strong run, but his victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pushed his crew to another level.

With six regular-season races left, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski lead the series with three victories. Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano each have two wins, and Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch also have won. Gordon leads the standings.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles keeps looking for ways to fill seats.

NASCAR on Tuesday assessed Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team a penalty that included docking the driver 75 points and suspending his crew chief Darian Grubb for six races.

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