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NASCAR Cup: Tony Eury honored with Smokey Yunick Award

Tony Eury (left) with Dale Earnhardt Jr. after they won the 2004 Daytona 500 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Tony Eury (left) with Dale Earnhardt Jr. after they won the 2004 Daytona 500 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

Former NASCAR crew chief Tony Eury was presented the Smokey Yunick Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on Oct. 8, prior to the Bank of America 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the facility.

“Coming from a mill town, I never really realized what I was getting myself into when I started,” Eury said, according to Performance Racing Industry. “The list of names to have won this is pretty incredible. Being in a class with Leonard Wood, Junior Johnson, Ray Evernham and those guys is an honor. It’s a real honor.”

The award was created in 1997 in honor of legendary NASCAR mechanic Henry “Smokey” Yunick to recognize individuals who have risen from humble beginnings to find success in motorsports.

Eury was crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Dale Earnhardt Inc. for championships in the Busch (now-Xfinity) Series in 1998 and 1999 and made the move with Earnhardt to the Cup Series, still with DEI, in 2000.

In the Cup Series, Eury guided Earnhardt to 15 points-paying wins. Together, they also won the 2000 All-Star Race (then known as “The Winston”), making Earnhardt the first rookie to win the race.

Eury had a long history with the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., that included Eury also working as the elder Earnhardt’s crew chief in the Busch Series. In all, Eury has 25-career Busch/Nationwide/Xfinity Series wins as a crew chief.

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