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Crew chief Tony Eury Jr. leaves JR Motorsports

Tony Eury Jr., the crew chief who guided Danica Patrick into NASCAR's stock-car racing, has left JR Motorsports, which races in the Nationwide Series. Eury is a cousin of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

September 18, 2012|Staff and wire reports
  • Tony Eury Jr. talks with Danica Patrick during a practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Tony Eury Jr. talks with Danica Patrick during a practice for the NASCAR… (Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images )

Tony Eury Jr., the crew chief who guided Danica Patrick's entry into NASCAR stock-car racing, has left her JR Motorsports team that races in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., the popular NASCAR driver who co-owns JR Motorsports, said in a statement that "as we've discussed the direction of JR Motorsports moving forward, it is clear our differences in ideas were too vast to overcome." Eury also is Earnhardt's cousin and a co-owner of JR Motorsports.

"I love him like a brother, and you'll never hear me say a bad thing about him," Earnhardt said of Eury.

Eury's successor was not immediately named but Ryan Pemberton, an experienced crew chief who recently joined JR Motorsports, reportedly was a leading candidate.

Patrick, the former IndyCar driver in her first full season in the Nationwide Series, is 11th in the point standings after 26 races with no top-five finishes and two top-10 finishes. Patrick also is driving in 10 races this year in NASCAR's elite Sprint Cup Series (in which Earnhardt competes) — but with a different team, Stewart-Haas Racing — with plans to graduate to that series in 2013.

— Jim Peltz


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