Former Crew Chief Calls Split With Junior The Right One

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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Former crew chief Tony Eury Jr. says he feels as if he let down driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. because the pair could never turn around this year's slow start and that it's time for him to move on professionally from his cousin.

Eury is back at the track for the first time since he was removed as Earnhardt's crew chief in late May. Eury, speaking Thursday at Chicagoland Speedway, says Earnhardt has so much pressure on him this year that he's not enjoying racing.

Eury says it was difficult to listen to the criticism levied his way by fans and the media. Eury says it was time to try something different because the Hendrick Motorsports team was not getting the results they wanted.