Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has had a disappointing season to date, has experienced a major change. His team, Hendrick Motorsports, elected to dismiss crew chief Tony Eury Jr. today. Lance McGrew will take over in the interim, unless they find another full-time crew chief option.
Earnhardt Jr., who is 497 points behind the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point leader (teammate Jeff Gordon), has not had impressive results as a whole over the time he has spent with Hendrick Motorsports. Last season, Earnhardt Jr. finished 12th in the overall point standings—many NASCAR analysts had pinned Earnhardt for a top-ten finish.
McGrew, the replacement crew chief for Earnhardt, has experienced good success in his years in NASCAR. In 2003, he won a Busch Series championship with a top young driver, Brian Vickers. He also has assisted rookie driver Brad Keselowski in his transition to the Sprint Cup. While McGrew has primarily worked with youngsters, it should be interesting to see if Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s results improve as a result of McGrew’s calls in the pits.
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