Dale Earnhardt Jr on Tony Eury Jr: “We split up. And it was a bad decision.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr has been in NASCAR since 1996. Naturally, in his final season, he’s reflecting on some things. Additionally, he’s trying not to make the same mistakes, twice.
Pete Iacobelli asked a question to Dale Earnhardt Jr in the press room at Darlington. Is Darlington his last chance? It sparked Dale Earnhardt Jr to comment openly on his lack of speed recently. It also sparked a similar memory from the past.
In 2004, the band fell apart. The veteran NASCAR driver, doesn’t want the same thing to happen in his final season. This time, he’s trying to keep the team together.
“I had an experience in 2004. Me and Tony Jr, Tony Sr won 6 races,” Dale Earnhardt Jr recalls his former crew chief.
“In a matter of 3-4 weeks, we had gotten to Homestead and didn’t want to work together anymore. In a month.”
In one month, couldn’t stand to be in the hauler together.
-Dale Earnhardt Jr
“We wen’t from winning 6 races, happy as we could be, worked together all our lives. And in one month, couldn’t stand to be in the hauler together. Didn’t want to talk to each other.”
We split up. And it was a bad decision.
-Dale Earnhardt Jr on Tony Eury Jr
“We split up. And it was a bad decision. Me and Tony Jr ended up getting back together.”
“But, we’d already done the damage. We were a great unit and it busted it up.”
“We can’t let that happen. Not matter how the results are. We’re all very close. That’s probably the most important, that we remain positive and keep working together.”