Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished in 14th place at the Federated Auto Parts 400 and is currently in the seventh position in the Sprint Cup standings with 2003 points. Although the driver remains focused on the Chase, changes have been made to the JR Motorsports team. Tony Eury Sr. has left, and there may be more adjustments in the future.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gets Involved
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole at the Federated Auto Parts 400, but he finished the race in 14th place. He is still in the Chase that is set to begin on Sept. 16. Although he is running for Hendrick Motorsports in the Sprint Cup, Earnhardt is still involved in managing the JR Motorsports team as a co-owner. His exact role in the decision to let go of competition director Tony Eury Sr. has not been clarified, but he is rumored to have been heavily involved.
Changes at JR Motorsports
Tony Eury Sr. has left JR Motorsports after spending five years with the team. Although Eury is Earnhardt's uncle, sources indicate that he was fired because the team has been struggling for several years. Tony Eury Sr. was already removed from crew chief duties for the No. 88 car in April 2012. Now, he has left the team and is no longer the competition director.
The release of Tony Eury Sr. may be the first step as JR Motorsports begins to prepare for the 2013 season. The team has not been able to win any races in 2012 and has continued to struggle in the Nationwide Series. Dale Earnhardt Jr. stated, "We felt like we wanted to make some gains or make some changes and try to do something different and try to improve our company and our team."
JR Motorsports seems to believe that firing Eury will allow for new leadership and innovation. Dale Earnhardt Jr. indicated, "We need to do something directional that's different than what we're doing." However, the team's problems may not stem from Tony Eury. JR Motorsports has had multiple drivers with many inexperienced rookies who are still scrambling in Nationwide.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.