Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Green Flag: News and Notes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Green Flag: News and Notes

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Byline: DON COBLE

PRESSURE ON EURY JR.

As the most-popular driver in NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is concerned about the amount of attention - and blame - his team receives every weekend.

When he doesn't win, fans sometimes focus their disappointment on crew chief Tony Eury Jr.

"The fans are real hard on Tony Jr.," Earnhardt said. "He doesn't really have a voice. He doesn't get to come in here and get the chance of having that question asked, so he can answer it and so y'all can print it and the fans can read it. He doesn't have that voice, you know? And I don't want to sit here and speak for him, because that normally gets me in trouble."

Earnhardt made one of the most-publicized moves in racing history by leaving his family's team for Hendrick Motorsports this year. Eury was included in the package.

"It's definitely magnified more so now, either due to the press we've gained from making our change and whatnot and how much everybody has focused in on what we're doing and how we're doing," Earnhardt said. …

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