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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Daytona, Tony Eury Jr. Feels Relief

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 02:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #3 Wrangler Chevrolet, hugs crew chief Tony Eury Jr. in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Ashley McCubbinAnalyst IJuly 9, 2010

As Dale Earnhardt Jr. crossed the finish line at Daytona, lots of tears filled the air from a variety of people. Some were sad, and some were happy. A lot of people were probably crying based upon the past at Daytona and memories of when Dale Earnhardt Sr. drove the No. 3 Wrangler car.

Dale Jr.'s win at Daytona on the Nationwide Series was his first win in 85 races.

Though one story forgotten within the entire chaos was the story of a crew chief, specifically Tony Eury Jr.

When criticism started mounting on the No. 88 team at Hendrick Motorsports with how they were running, Eury Jr. took the blunt of it. A lot of people were saying that he couldn’t do the job and didn’t deserve to be a crew chief.

This win gave him the redemption to be able to show the world that he can still be a winning crew chief, even if it means not directly working with Dale Jr. every week.

It could also be seen as a relief, as the pressure is now off and he can go back to doing his job without worrying.

So far this year, Eury Jr. has worked with various drivers on the Nationwide Series with the JR Motorsports (JRM) No. 7 Chevrolet. Lots of young talent has been seen behind the wheel as Eury Jr. has been working to help each of them get better and possibly choose who’ll run for JRM full-time next year.

Improvement slowly has been seen with Danica Patrick, the team's star driver, as she’s slowly getting closer to being competitive.  

As time goes forward, many things are uncertain.

One thing for sure is that you will probably never see the cousins (Earnhardt and Eury Jr.) work together again full-time in Cup. They both vowed that after the recent chaos surrounding their partnership.

One thing in doubt is whether or not you’ll see Eury Jr. ever back in the Cup. If the right opportunity came along, could he take it and run with it?

Everybody knows for sure that Friday night was emotional for everyone involved. All of the emotions can be summed up in one quote that came from Eury Jr.

"We lost everything here and to have Jr. win here in that number means everything to us all."

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