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Earnhardt defends crew chief Ives in shaky final season

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has long reigned as NASCAR's most popular driver. But he thinks too many of his fans have started airing in 140-character bursts a most unpopular opinion — that crew chief Greg Ives should take the blame for the No. 88's struggles this season.

Not so fast.

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Jul. 26
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Martin Truex Jr.7801
2Kyle Larson7322
3Kevin Harvick6833
4Kyle Busch6734
5Denny Hamlin6125
6Brad Keselowski6016
7Jamie McMurray5997
8Chase Elliott5888
9Matt Kenseth5669
10Jimmie Johnson56410
11Clint Bowyer53311
12Ryan Blaney51612