Another Eury is out at JR Motorsports, a NASCAR Nationwide Series team founded and partly owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. The organization announced on Monday that Tony Eury Jr., Earnhardt Jr.’s cousin and now-former crew chief for the No. 7 car driven by Danica Patrick, has been released from the team. The announcement came less than a week-and-a-half after the announcement that the organization was parting ways with Eury Jr.’s father, Tony Eury Sr., who, until the announcement, was the team’s Director of Competition.
In a printed statement for JR Motorsports, Earnhardt Jr. said, “”Unfortunately Tony Jr. is no longer with the company. I had hoped he would be here for a long time, but as we’ve discussed the direction of JR Motorsports moving forward, it was clear our differences in ideas were too vast to overcome. I love him like a brother, and you’ll never hear me say a bad thing about him. I know he’ll have much success in anything he does going forward. As for our No. 7 team, no decision has been made on who will crew chief that team this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. We will discuss our options and make a decision very soon.”
Eury Jr. is part of the JR Motorsports ownership group that also includes Earnhardt Jr., Kelley Earnhardt-Miller and Rick Hendrick. According to a report from FOX Sports, Eury Jr. is, at least for now, still part of the organization’s ownership but that talks were ongoing regarding his ownership position.
Veteran crew chief Ryan Pemberton, who was recently hired by JRM to replace Eury Sr. as Director of Competition, will fill-in as Patrick’s crew chief until a permanent replacement for Eury Jr. is found.
Eury Jr. started his NASCAR career at Dale Earnhardt Inc., and remained there until moving to Hendrick Motorsports with Earnhardt Jr. in 2007. He joined JR Motorsports in 2009. Eury Jr. told FOX Sports that there was no ill-will resulting from the decision.
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