It's Time for Jr. To Go!

Chaz Teets@@chazjtCorrespondent IMay 25, 2009

FONTANA, CA - FEBRUARY 22:  Tony Eury Jr., crew chief for the #88 Amp Energy/National Guard Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., watches from pit road during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway on February 22, 2009 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Alright, now before all the AMP'ed up diehards start screaming at the title of this article, I am referring to Tony Eury Jr, crew chief on the No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. And yes, Jr. has to!

Eury has been a ball-and-chain to the Hendrick organization ever since his arrival, and after Monday's humorous 40th place finish at Lowes Motor Speedway in the Coca Cola 600, it's now painfully obvious. Dale Jr. never had a chance in the race, dropping like a lead balloon back through the field, once the green flag dropped.

Tony Eury Jr. is perhaps one of the only crew chiefs in NASCAR history to do the exact opposite of what a crew chief's job is. Eury Jr. makes the car worse as the race progresses, instead of making improvements. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is more than capable in a stock car; however, this season, it looks as though he's a raw rookie with zero experience under his belt, thanks to Eury's gaffs on the pitbox. Time after time, race after race, the No. 88 car is the worst-finishing Hendrick car out of the four in the organization. Instead of fighting for top five's and wins, Dale Jr. is fighting for top 20's in equipment that other drivers would kill to have a chance at racing in.

Rick Hendrick needs to step in and stop the hemorrhaging now, as it has gone beyond bleeding status. I realize that Dale Jr. is supportive of his cousin, almost protective, but unless he wants to hit the road along with Eury, he needs to realize a change is imperative, unless he wants to totally sink his Sprint Cup career and become the laughing stock of the NASCAR world.