Greg Ives will return to Hendrick Motorsports next season as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ives was race engineer for Jimmie Johnson's record five consecutive championships. He moved to JR Motorsports in 2013 for his first crew chief job, with Regan Smith in the Nationwide Series. Ives was moved to rookie Chase Elliott's pit stand this season. He has five Nationwide wins, including three with points leader Ellioitt. Hendrick has been on a search for a crew chief for NASCAR's most popular driver all season.