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Eury Jr Out At JR Motorsports

Tony Eury Jr and Danica Patrick during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2012 in Watkins Glen, New York. [1]Following the departure of Tony Eury Sr [2], and the subsequent hiring of Ryan Pemberton [3], JR Motorsports announced that veteran crew chief and team co-owner Tony Eury Jr has been let go as crew chief for the team’s No. 7 Nationwide Series team and driver Danica Patrick.

Eury Jr said:

They’re trying to fix the competition of the cars. They thought they could do better without me there. They hired Ryan and Ryan’s their guy.

Dale Earnhardt Jr, who co-owns the team with his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller, and Eury Jr. , issued a statement:

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.

Earnhardt and Eury Jr worked together as driver and crew chief, respectively, in the Sprint Cup Series at Dale Earnhardt Inc and Hendrick Motorsports. They had a somewhat tumultuous relationship in those roles, and eventually were separated by Rick Hendrick [4], with Lance McGrew replacing Eury Jr as Earnhardt’s crew chief.

Eury Jr joined JRM as a crew chief full time around that time.

Update: New hire Ryan Pemberton will serve as interim crew chief for Danica Patrick and the No. 88 JR Motorsports team for the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway, the team announced.

A crew chief beyond the race at Kentucky has not been named.

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