Catching up with Tony Eury, Jr.
He walks country, talks country, looks country with his crew cut and North Carolina drawl, despite all the Hendrick spit and polish, but Tony Eury, Jr., the cousin and crew chief of
It's been a lot like going to college, Eury Jr., said, and in some ways its been less fun than when he and his cousin and a whole bunch of guys who were either related or were as close as brothers won races, broke stuff trying and had a lot of fun with the No. 8 Chevrolet. He sat down with
If we're in the top three when we get down to Homestead or Phoenix, I'll be that much more ecstatic. I ain't going to sit here and say we can win it, but if I can have a shot at the end, I'll be really happy.
You come over here and you don't really know what to expect as far as tools they got. But once I got over here, they were doing a lot of the same things I was doing, so that made me feel good, that not having all that technology I was somewhat in the ballpark. That's real self-satisfying to know that they have all this and they're capable of doing it and I had just a little bit and we could still do the same job, we were still on the same trail. There were a lot of things we were real close on that you wouldn't think about, so that was pretty impressive to me to keep up.
And it was nothing more than you pay attention to your surroundings, you listen to what people day, you listen to scanners and that's how you pick up on it. When you don't have resources, that's the way you do it, but when I got over here, some of the things I was working on at DEI, like I did all my own geometries and stuff, and those kind of things these guys use probably twice as much.
Pie systems, they use that, so I kind of had to teach myself pie systems when I came over here. I knew how to run the old version, but the new version, I didn't know how to run, so I had to do things like that. They had some simulation over here and I was really interested in that. That was my number one goal when I got here, I had to know all those things they had and I had to learn to run everyone of them.
It's satisfying when you win over here, but you're expected to win over here. The expectations are through the roof. We're supposed to win every week. It's more business over here and it ain't as fun. Over there, if we won a race, we beat everybody. It's like, all right, here's this little bitty team that waxed everybody, and everybody ... the company as a whole was smaller.
I didn't have but 33 people that worked on the 8 car, basically. I probably had eight more outsiders that touched the car and that was it. Here, I'm working on a team that's got two cars in each building and I got 110 employees in one building. The volume is there, but there's people I might not see all day. Over there, I talked to every person in that shop at some point that day, so that's sort of the difference you're dealing with.