Eury Jr. Comments On Dale Jrs Decision

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Tony Eury Jr., crew chief of the No. 8 Budweiser Impala SS, answered questions from members of the media at Darlington Raceway on Friday morning.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DALE EARNHARDT, JR. LEAVING:

"Me and Max talked about it. It is as good to be expected. Both parties had a big decision to make yesterday and Dale Jr. chose to go somewhere else and drive somewhere else. You got to respect him from his standpoint. He is doing what he thinks he needs to do.

"We knew this was going to happen, one way or the other. We are committed to race to November and try to win a championship. That's all we can do. We just will take it for what it is. This isn't the first time the team has controversy around it but this team is tough and we are going to try and win a championship. We want to get one for DEI. Time is short so we got make sure we get it this year.

"I told Dale Jr. in January it was his decision. I didn't want to influence him one way or the other. It is his dad's company and when you make a decision like that, nobody should be able to make it but yourself. We are all going to support him and Teresa in the same way and make sure the company stays strong."

ARE ALL YOUR CONTRACTS MATCHED UP SO YOU COULD GO WITH HIM?

"Me and Max are going to sit down and talk about it. We aren't going to comment on it at this time. We just want to do what is best for both parties and go with it at that."

WHEN DOES YOUR CONTRACT EXPIRE?

"2008."

WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAY WITH DALE JR.?

"I would like to stay with Dale Jr. I want to do whatever is best for Tony Jr. and leave all my options open. We will just leave it at that."

WHAT DOES DEI HAVE TO DO TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE?

"We got a little issue with the motor department and we need a little bit more engineering. Max has done a great job since he has been here. You aren't going to build something overnight. It takes time to build things. Max is a great leader and kind of missed that over the time here. I think it is going to take time to get it and eventually be there."

WHAT DID THE EMPLOYEES AT DEI THINK?

"Everyone is kind of in a stunned mode but I grabbed them all and Dale Jr. talked with everyone on the No. 8 team. Our goal is to win a championship here and it is not going to change. The bottom line is we got to win a championship and this is our last year to do it at DEI with Dale Jr. We just got to take it as a positive and turn it around."

HOW DO YOU FOCUS YOUR TEAM?

"We got a lot to prove right now. We have run great in every race this year but we have just had some bad luck on our side. I think we are going to turn it around and make it a positive. We will be fine the rest of the year. The biggest thing is we need to be in the top 12 at the end of the year."

ON BRINGING THE IMPALA SS TO DARLINGTON:

"(laughs) It will be interesting. They are going to use the foam up in the right side, no doubt. Four cars got to tire test here and those will be the ones with an advantage so far.

"I just want everyone in the media to help my team stay strong and don't aggravate them and let us do our job. Dale made his decision so let DEI be strong and let us continue on what we need to be doing."

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