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Steve Letarte Replacing Ryan Sparks as Corey LaJoie’s Homestead Crew Chief

Steve Letarte will be atop the pit box of Corey LaJoie’s No. 7 Chevrolet team for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, as crew chief Ryan Sparks has to step away from the team due to COVID-19 protocols, Spire Motorsports announced Feb. 24.

Letarte, NBC Sports analyst and Spire consultant, returns to crew chief duties for the first time since 2014.

He previously served as crew chief for Jeff Gordon from 2005-2010 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. from 2011-2014. His drivers have earned 15 total Cup wins as well as 112 top fives and 185 top 10s.

Spire also stated that two other team members are inactive for the race on Feb. 28.

LaJoie has four career top 10s, including in the 2021 Daytona 500.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised watching motorsports and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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