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If Dale Earnhardt Jr plans to start the NASCAR Chase off with a win he will have to do it from the back of the field. After qualifying fourth for Sundays race, Earnhardts crew chief Steve Letarte opted to change the engine of the No. 88 Chevrolet. “I don’t think we are super concerned,” Letarte said. “We had a great car in practice and qualified really well, so we showed we have good speed. Fortunately, this is a racetrack that there are multiple pit strategies and it’s not a really simple straightforward pit strategy to call a race” Winning from the back is not unheard of at Chicagoland. Kevin Harvick won from 32nd in 2002 while Tony Stewart started 26th and won last season. Prior to the engine change Earnhardt touted his car as capable of a top-five. “It has good speed,” he said. “We liked the changes that we were making, liked the way the car was responding.” In 11 starts at the 1.5 mile track in Joliet, Illinois, Earnhardt has a win (2005) and three top ten finishes.

Eury Jr. out as Danica's crew chief

JR Motorsports has released Tony Eury Jr. from his duties as crew chief for Danica Patrick and the No. 7 Nationwide Series team. Eury was told Monday morning he was being replaced by Ryan Pemberton. Eury joined JRM after working as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 Sprint Cup team at Hendrick Motorsports. "They're trying to fix the competition...

Eury Jr. out as crew chief at JR Motorsports

JR Motorsports has parted ways with crew chief Tony Eury Jr., two weeks after his father was ousted as competition director. Eury Jr. was crew chief for Danica Patrick and is a partial owner of the Nationwide Series team. Dale Earnhardt Jr. said in a statement Monday that a difference in ideas for the direction of the company led to Eury's departure. He and Eury Jr. are cousins...

Junior changes engine, drops to back

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start from the back of the field in Sunday's Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway -- the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup -- because of a post-qualifying engine change. Earnhardt, seventh in the point standings, qualified fourth on Saturday, but his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team then elected to change engines, automatically putting Junior in...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. loses crew chief

The following is a statement from Dale Earnhardt Jr., founder and owner of JR Motorsports, regarding the departure of crew chief Tony Eury Jr.: “Unfortunately Tony Jr. is no longer with the company.  I had hoped he would be here for a long time, but as we’ve discussed the direction of JR Motorsports moving forward, it was clear our differences in ideas were too vast to overcome...

Earnhardt says Diet Mountain Dew scaling back

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says sponsor Diet Mountain Dew is going to ''back off a little bit'' next year, leaving a small gap to fill on Hendrick Motorsports' No. 88 Chevrolet. Earnhardt said Friday the majority of the season is set with the National Guard, but that there's a ''balancing act'' with multiple sponsors because everyone wants to be the...

CUP: Mistake Costs Earnhardt

Dale Earnhardt Jr. opened the Chase with an eighth-place finish…

Sam Hornish, Jr. GEICO 400 Race Recap

JOLIET, Ill. – Shell-Pennzoil Dodge driver Sam Hornish Jr. overcame an early speeding penalty that put him a lap down in today’s GEICO 400 here at Chicagoland Speedway to finish 11th.  It marked his third consecutive 11th-place finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. “Another solid day for the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge,” Hornish said after the race.  “We had a fast race car...
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