Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/19/14
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First Pops, now cousin. Gone. Out the door.

I guess that's how family businesses work in these tough economic times.

Both father (Tony Eury Sr., former competition director) and son (Tony Eury Jr.) have left JR Motorsports in the last couple of weeks.

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.

"I love him like a brother, and you’ll never hear me say a bad thing about him. I know he’ll have much success in anything he does going forward. As for our No. 7 team, no decision has been made on who will crew chief that team this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. We will discuss our options and make a decision very soon.”

What role, if any, could Danica Patrick have played in the ouster of her crew chief for the No. 7 team? Who knows. Her lackluster performance this season certainly must have had something to do with this decision, however.

Good luck to whoever gets the task of turning around the GoDaddy girl's performance.

JR Motorsports

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