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JRM will make its 400th start this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Since the company’s debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2005, 28 different drivers have piloted JRM Chevrolets. The team’s tally currently stands at nine wins, 77 top-fives and 162 top-10s. Additionally, JRM has earned seven poles and led 1,397 laps in Nationwide Series competition.
HISTORY WITH HELLMANN’S – Richmond marks JRM’s third of four races with Hellmann’s as a primary sponsor in 2012. In the team’s two previous starts with the popular brand, Whitt drove to a fourth-place finish in the season opener at Daytona, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned a fifth-place effort at Talladega. The team is averaging a finish of 4.5 in a Hellmann’s-branded Chevrolet in 2012.
.COM DECAL FEATURED ON GO DADDY CHEVROLET - The No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet will feature a .com decal on its hood this weekend in Richmond. A top-level domain and the most recognized domain worldwide, .com was one of the original domains introduced in 1985. Currently, there are more than 100 million registered .com names worldwide. Register a .com domain at accredited registrars like GoDaddy.com.
CAREER-BEST SHORT TRACK FINISH - Danica Patrick and the Go Daddy team are only two races removed from a ninth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, a career-best short track effort for the Roscoe, Ill. native and her second top 10 of 2012. Patrick improved 25 positions from her starting spot and capitalized on a pit stop for four fresh tires to crack the top 10 in the waning stages of the race.
WHITT AND COOK COMBO - On the cusp of his second consecutive top-10 finish, Whitt’s season tally now stands at 10 top-10 finishes. This weekend will mark Whitt’s 20th race with crew chief Bruce Cook. Since Cook moved into the crew chief role on the 88 team, Whitt has amassed two top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
JRM DRIVERS PARTICIPATING IN RICHMOND AUTOGRAPH SESSION - Fans can meet JRM drivers Danica Patrick and Cole Whitt at the Nationwide Series autograph session from 2 to 3 p.m. EST on Friday, located outside of turn one in the Amphitheater behind the Commonwealth Tower.
Danica Patrick on Richmond: “When you’re going from practice in the daytime to racing at night the most important thing is finding balance in the car, especially front to rear when it’s slippery. Then hopefully that balance will translate into the evening. I’ve heard that the balance doesn’t shift too much from day to night. So we’ll work to achieve that.”
Tony Eury Jr., crew chief “Right now Danica is at the point where she understands how the races are going to play out. She knows what kind of car she needs and knows you have to start off a little free to be there at the end. We’re at the point where if we had one more year, I think you’d see some top-fives and wins. She is still learning every week, learning something new. It’s just a matter of putting everything together. Plus, you’ve got to remember this is really her first fulltime season running stock cars.”
Cole Whitt on Richmond: “I like short-track racing because I grew up racing smaller dirt tracks. Personally, I really enjoy the speeds of the mile-and-a-half tracks, but seeing a short track on the schedule is a nice change of pace.
“I’m looking forward to Richmond, mainly because I want another shot at a decent finish there. We had a much better car than where we finished in the spring. We really hurt ourselves towards the end of that one. Bruce and the guys did a good job preparing a top-10 car, and that’s where we ran the entire night, but I missed pit road. Then I tried to make up for it once we got on pit road and we were hit with a speeding penalty. Things went from bad to worse, so I really want a chance to redeem myself and get the team the type of finish they deserve. This is a great opportunity for us to keep building on another solid finish.”
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Tony Eury Sr. is no longer the competition director at the NASCAR Nationwide team of JR Motorsports. Eury Sr. has had a long relationship with the Earnhardt family and had been the competition director for the past 5 years. As of today the two sides have decided to part ways effective immediately.
Eury is a winner of 55 NASCAR races in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series...
JR Motorsports and competition director Tony Eury Sr. have parted ways, effective immediately.
Eury Sr. is team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s uncle. General manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller says the conversation she had with Eury Sr. was one of the most difficult of her life, but that a change had to be made because JR Motorsports is not meeting its expectations.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. picked up his 17th top-10 finish of the season after taking seventh at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 2 and now ranks second in the driver standings. He trails leader Greg Biffle by eight points with one race remaining until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field is set. Earnhardt clinched a spot in the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after finishing 12th...
Tony Eury Sr. has stepped down from his role as competition director at JR Motorsports.
The former crew chief, affectionately known as "Pops," led drivers to a combined 55 NASCAR wins between the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series during the past 28 years. Eury joined JRM in 2007 and was named competition director of JR Motorsports five seasons ago. Since then, the company...
Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the No.88 National Guard Chevrolet says you think you know story, but that his story hasn’t even started yet.
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Brad Keselowski, driver of the No.2 Miller Lite “Blue Deuce” for Penske Racing said he didn’t start out “wanting to be a race car driver” that he started out wanting to be a “championship race car driver...
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, turned in the fastest lap of the 43 car field and claimed the pole for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond International Raceway. Following him on the starting grid was Jeff Gordon and Regan Smith. Below is their transcript from when they talked to the media afterwards.
It's a Hendrick Motorsports front row at Richmond International Raceway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for Saturday night's ''regular-season'' finale. He turned a lap at 127.023 mph in his Chevrolet to bump teammate Jeff Gordon from the top starting spot.
It's the first pole for NASCAR's most popular driver since the 2011 Daytona 500, and it'...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted his first career pole at Richmond on Friday.
"I'm surprised as anybody," Junior said after scoring his 11th career Sprint Cup pole in 461 races.
But it was advantage Jeff Gordon, who qualified second. Gordon desperately needs a solid finish on Saturday to leapfrog over fellow wild-card contenders in the Federated Auto Parts 400 to earn the...
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – JR Motorsports and its competition director of five years, Tony Eury Sr., announced today the decision to amicably part ways, effective today.
Eury is a winner of 55 NASCAR races in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series as a crew chief. He has 28 years in the NASCAR industry, the last five of which were served as competition director and crew chief for...
RICHMOND, Va. – Sam Hornish Jr. will start the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge 11th in Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 here at Richmond International Raceway. Hornish circled this .750-mile D-shaped oval in 21.359 seconds (126.410 mph) in this afternoon’s qualifying session to earn the starting position.
“It was okay,” Hornish said to Dodge Racing PR’s Jimmy White of...
Hendrick Motorsports claimed both front-row starting spots for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway during pole qualifying on Friday.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. claimed his first-career Richmond pole and his first pole starting spot of the season with a 21.256-second qualifying lap.
“The car drove really...
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the pole for Saturday night’s Richmond from TRACK with a time of 21.256 seconds. Jeff Gordon, Regan Smith, Clint Bowyer, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five starting positions. The drivers who did not make the event are JJ Yeley and Mark Green. The event will be live on ABC at 7:30 PM EST.
Dale Earnhardt Jr...