Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/7/12
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 has collected nine wins, most recently with Jamie McMurray two years ago. "The conversation Tony Sr. and I had was one of the most difficult I've ever been a part of," Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports, said in a release. "I believe Tony Sr.'s passion for the sport is exceeded only by his yearning to excel in it, and that itself became the issue that both he and I struggled with. At JR Motorsports, we do this to win races and compete for championships, and lately we have not met that standard. Being the competitor that Tony Sr. is, I know that bothers him more than anyone." Eury Sr. was r...
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