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Eury Jr. To Guide First-Timer at Memphis

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, October 23 2009
Tony Eury Jr. will be on the pitbox this weekend in Memphis. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Tony Eury Jr. will be on the pitbox this weekend in Memphis. (File photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Millington, Tenn. – When the No. 5 Chevrolet rolls onto the track for Saturday’s Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park, the driver won’t be the only person settling into a new role.

Richard Boswell’s NASCAR Nationwide Series debut will coincide with Tony Eury Jr. sliding into the crew chief role for the Chevy owned by Rick Hendrick but housed and maintained at JR Motorsports.

Eury replaces Brian Campe, who stepped down from the crew chief post earlier this week.

The 25-year-old Boswell, who has spent the majority of this season competing in a Late Model, plans to lean heavily on the wisdom of the veteran Eury.

“It’s going to take a little bit of pressure off, but at the same time it’s going to add a little bit,” said Boswell, a Maryland native who now resides in Mooresville, N.C.. “Just being able to work with (Eury) is an honor.

“You know the equipment is good. We know the crew chief and the team is good. Now it’s going to be up to me.”

Because the No. 5 has run a limited schedule this season, Boswell will be forced to qualify on speed Saturday morning. He’ll be among a group of 21 go-or-go home drivers gunning for 13 starting spots in the year’s final standalone Nationwide Series event.

His weekend expectations are relatively conservative.

“I don’t think anybody is going to come in against these regular guys and outrun them,” said Boswell, who turned about 50 laps in the Nationwide car during a practice session in Florence, S.C. on Monday. “They’re the best in the nation at short track racing.

“The biggest goal is qualify in, obviously, for the race. We don’t have a provisional so we have to qualify in. And just keep our nose clean the whole race.

“We’ve seen years past where, if you can do that, you’ll end up with a good run. Just stay out of trouble the whole day.”

Over the past four years, Boswell has developed a strong friendship with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who owns JR Motorsports. That relationship factored into Earnhardt putting Boswell into the car this weekend.

“I’ve ran a Late Model at JR Motorsports for the past few years,” said Boswell, who is still uncertain of his plans for 2010. “Running a Nationwide race is always been something that’s been talked about.

“It was kind of something that we thought maybe we’d do next year.

“But they figured they had the people in place and the car to do it so we’d go ahead and get it out of the way this year. It’s just a one-race deal, but definitely something to look forward to.”

– Jeff Hood can be reached at jhood@racintoday.com

Jeff Hood | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, October 23 2009
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