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The season is Over!
The champ has been crowned, once again it is the 48 team. The teams now go back to work on making their teams better for next season.
Some teams will go through major changes. Some will not even be in existence next season. While others will make small changes. And some will remain the same.
The 88 team will probably go through some major changes. This team has a driver who is capable of winning races. But there is something missing there. Don't know if it is the driver, the crew chief, the owner or just the whole chemistry. I do have my suspicions what the problem is.
In my opinion the problem with the 88 team is that it is missing a leader. Someone who can control the driver, the team and the duties of the crew chief. And in my opinion, that person is Tony Eury Sr.
Last night Gunaquat and I were talking and he pointed out Jr. had won most of his races under Eury Sr. Not since Eury Sr. has Jr. had a completely successful year. Not under Eury Jr. or Lance McGrew.
This not to say that it is the other two crew chiefs fault. It is just that Eury Sr. brings something that the other two do not. A father figure. Respect.
Jr. comes rural North Carolina. And in rural North Carolina, you are taught to respect your elders. (Not saying other parts of the country do not teach this, but I grew up in another rural area of North Carolina, so I know how it is taught.) You are taught to never second guess an adult. You are taught to do as you are told. You don't have to agree, but you do have to do it. And Jr. has this embred into him.
It is something that you cannot get away from. When you have two young bucks both trying to be a leader, they are going to butt heads. But when you have an elder leader, the young bucks may butt heads with each other. But few try to take on the elder leader. And those that do, some succeed, others, well they are left to lick their wounds.
Jr. is not ready to take over the role as leader. He is a follower. Therefore he needs someone who can continue to mold him into a leader. I am not saying that he cannot be the leader someday. It is just that right now, he needs someone to help mold him alittle longer. And help him get his confidence back.
And once Jr. has his confidence back, and he is winning races once again, then he will be able step up and lead his team.
Good luck Jr. you are going to need it.