Tony Eury, Jr.

Tony Eury, Jr.

Tony Eury Jr.
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1973-01-03) January 3, 1973 (ageĀ 41)
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Country United States
Sport NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Team Swan Racing Company
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Tony Eury, Jr. (born January 3, 1973) is the crew chief for the Swan Racing Company #30 David Stremme, and former crew chief of JR Motorsports #7 Go Daddy Chevrolet Impala driven by Danica Patrick and Kelly Bires in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.[1] Eury had been the head of Hendrick Motorsports Research and development group but, previous to that, he served as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., his cousin on his mother's side.[2] Eury is the son of veteran crew chief Tony Eury, Sr.[3]

Early life

Eury was born into a racing family in Kannapolis, North Carolina. His family lived near the Earnhardts north of Charlotte and the heads of both families, Ralph Earnhardt and Ralph Eury, were close friends. Tony Eury, Jr. is the son of Tony Eury, Sr. and Sandra Gee, daughter of famed engine builder Robert Gee. Dale Earnhardt, Sr. married Sandra's sister Brenda and they had Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as a child. Despite both marriages ending in divorce both sons grew up together.[3]

Racing career

Eury, Jr. worked with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. from 1991 to 2007. In 1993, he became the car chief (and one of the tire changers) for Dale Earnhardt's NASCAR Busch Series team, working under his father, crew chief Tony Eury, Sr. In the 2004, 2006, and 2008 seasons, Eury, Jr. helped Dale Earnhardt, Jr. get into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and challenge for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. The 2004 season began with a win at the Daytona 500, the first of 6 wins that season.

In 2008, he began his crew chief career with Hendrick Motorsports, as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. began racing for Rick Hendrick. After a poor showing in the 2009 Coca-Cola 600, some began to talk of Eury, Jr.'s possible firing and that he will be replaced by Ron Malec.[4] He was transferred to the R&D team on May 28, 2009. He was replaced by Lance McGrew.[5] On December 10, 2012, Eury was hired by Swan Racing (was Inception Motorsports) as crew chief for David Stremme in the Sprint Cup Series replacing Steven Lane.[6]

Personal life

Eury is married to Amy Eury.