Tony Eury Jr. Going to Work for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Nationwide Series

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IOctober 22, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14:  Tony Eury Jr., crew chief for the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., watches practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Tony Eury Jr. will be returning to the pit box in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend at as a crew chief for JR Motorsports.

It has been announced that when late model star Richard Boswell makes his Nationwide Series debut in the No.5 RCAA Chevrolet at Memphis on Saturday, Eury Jr. will be his crew chief.

Eury Jr. is replacing Brian Campe, who has agreed with the company to a release of contract, according to Jr. Motorsports PR director Mike Davis.

Boswell is the son of former Nationwide Series driver Dickie Boswell and has been driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the late model Series for the last three years.  He has three career wins in the series. 

Eury Jr. was released as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series earlier this year as the No.88 team went downhill.  He was moved to a role within Hendrick Motorsports with a part-time duty as crew chief for Brad Keselowski when Keselowski ran select races in the Cup Series in the No.25 HMS machine.

Keselowski has one top ten finish in the seven races he's run with Eury Jr. as his crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series. 

Saturday will be the final race for the No.5 in the Nationwide Series, and there is no announcement as to whether Eury Jr.'s move to crew chiefing the car will be permanent. 

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But when Eury Jr. takes to the pit box in the Kroger 250 for Boswell, he'll be competing against his father and JR Motorsports teammate, Tony Eury Sr., who is the crew chief for Brad Keselowski.

Keselowski sits third in the Nationwide Series point standings.

The Nationwide Series is familiar to Eury Jr. who worked on Earnhardt Jr.'s pit crew when they won back-to-back Nationwide Series championships in 1998 and 1999 before moving to the Cup Series in 2000.  Upon moving up he was the car chief for the No.8 team until 2005 when Dale Earnhardt Inc. made a crew change between Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Michael Waltrip.

But in 2007 he moved back to the No.8 and to Earnhardt Jr., this time as crew chief, where he's been ever since, including the move to Hendrick Motorsports and the eventual release of his crew chief duties on the team in June. 

Tony Eury Jr. has gone from working with Dale Earnhardt Jr. to working for his cousin when the green flag falls on the Kroger 250 at three p.m. ET on ESPN2.


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