Tony Eury Jr. Ousted: Who's Left to Blame?

Ben BombergerSenior Writer IMay 28, 2009

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 06:  Dale Earnhardt Jr. driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet talks with crew chief Tony Eury Jr. during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 6, 2009 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

The announcement that everyone was expecting came today—crew chief Tony Eury Jr. was ousted from his role with the No. 88 AMP Energy team.

Junior Nation, Rick Hendrick, and the entire world, listen up: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a medium-level driver.

When talking about his talent, he should be in the same conversations with Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, and Kasey Kahne.

Instead, everyone tries to compare him to his seven-time championship winning father, his three-time defending champion teammate Jimmie Johnson, and four-time champion teammate Jeff Gordon.

The bottom line: Earnhardt Jr. will never meet those expectations.

I feel bad for Earnhardt Jr. and the entire AMP Energy team. No matter what they do, they are scrutinized and torn apart.

Harvick has struggled this season, but is everyone tearing him apart?

Clint Bowyer has struggled in recent weeks and fallen out of the Chase, but nobody is talking about firing his crew chief!

I like Earnhardt Jr. and in fact used to call myself a member of Junior Nation, but I recently jumped ship after deciding I wanted to jump off the bandwagon before I fell off.

I became an Earnhardt Jr. fan back in 2002 when I started watching the sport and liked him solely because everyone else rooted him on.

I decided to pick a driver based on my needs and instead went with Brian Vickers this year, but still like to see Earnhardt Jr. run well.

The guy is under tremendous pressure, and it's something that he didn't put on himself.

He didn't choose to have the last name Earnhardt, but he did choose to be a racer.

Sure, there have been doubts as to whether he's a serious race car driver or not, or whether he's more interested in the fame and fortune, but in the end he is still a person, and any human being doesn't deserve the kind of treatment he and cousin Eury Jr. have received.

In the end, the change has been made, and we'll see in the coming weeks if it turns out to be the problem fixer or not.

Now that Earnhardt has left Dale Earnhardt Inc. (which everyone claimed was his downfall), he has transitioned to Hendrick Motor Sports, who are also blamed.

Now it's resulted in Eury Jr. reaching the chopping block.

What's next, Junior Nation?

Face it, Earnhardt Jr. is a medium-talented driver. He always has been and always will be. If everyone would just accept that, some of the pressure he faces would be taken off.