Dale Earnhardt Inc. to reunite Tony Eury Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. MOORESVILLE, NC - Dale Earnhardt Incorporated announced today that, starting this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway, Tony Eury Jr., will take over as crew...
Dale Earnhardt Inc. to reunite Tony Eury Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
MOORESVILLE, NC - Dale Earnhardt Incorporated announced today that, starting this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway, Tony Eury Jr., will take over as crew chief for the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet.
Eury Jr., who has been crew chief for DEI's No. 15 Chevrolet this season, will be reunited with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who Eury Jr. worked with for eight seasons prior. The two will be paired for the remaining races of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup season in preparation for 2006 where they will compete together for the NASCAR championship.
"This is the best plan for us as a company," Eury Jr. said. "We haven't been in the same pit box this year, but we've been working closely as a team. Looking at where we want to be for 2006, it made sense to switch now and get that much further ahead."
With the 2005 chase contenders decided, Richie Gilmore, DEI's Vice-President of Motorsports, knew now was the best time for the restructuring.
"After evaluating our programs for next season, we went back and looked at all the resources at our disposal," Gilmore said. "By putting Tony Jr. back with Dale Jr. now, it enables us to start working towards our goals for next season. Those two can start finding their rhythm for next year, while Steve Hmiel can return his full focus on the technical aspect of our programs."
Hmiel, who has been the interim crew chief for the No. 8 team since May, will return to his position as Technical Director for Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Tony Gibson, car chief for the No. 15 team, will serve as the No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet crew chief for the remainder of this season.
DEI's line-up of teams will be stronger than ever for 2006 with three Nextel Cup teams and two Busch Series teams. Chance 2, which is co-owned by Teresa Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr., is the defending Busch Series champions and currently leads in the series point standings.