Eury Jr. out as Patrick's crew chief at JR Motorsports
Mooresville, NC (Sports Network) - JR Motorsports revealed on Monday that Tony Eury Jr. will no longer serve as crew chief for Danica Patrick's No. 7 team in the Nationwide Series.
Patrick, in her first full-season in Nationwide, is currently 11th in the point standings. She has scored just two top-10 finishes in 26 races this year. Patrick placed eighth in April at Texas and ninth last month at Bristol. She finished 12th this past Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway.
"Unfortunately, Tony Jr. is no longer with the company," team founder and co- owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. said in a statement. "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 also a co-owner of JRM. Kelley Earnhardt-Miller and Rick Hendrick have ownership in the team as well. When JRM announced the addition of Patrick to its driver lineup for the 2010 Nationwide season, Eury Jr. moved into the role of crew chief for the No. 7 team.
Eury Jr. told Fox Sports' website that Ryan Pemberton will replace him as Patrick's crew chief. Last week, Pemberton joined JRM to take on the role as competition director after he most recently served as crew chief for Tommy Baldwin Racing's No. 36 team in the Sprint Cup Series. Eury Jr.'s father, Tony Sr., had been the competition director until his release from JRM earlier this month.
09/17 16:02:36 ET