Eury 'couldn't be happier' after Earnhardt's test debut in the 88

Why was Tony Eury Jr. smiling? His driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., was No. 2 on the speed chart in the No. 88 Chevrolet during Monday's testing at Daytona.

Updated: January 16, 2008, 11:55 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The unmistakable big round face of crew chief Tony Eury Jr. looked cheerier than Santa Claus on Christmas Eve when the first test session ended Monday morning.

Eury's man -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- was No. 2 on the speed chart. Welcome to Hendrick Motorsports.

Earnhardt and Eury settled right in with their first laps in the No. 88 Chevy. Life is good.

"We have to get a little bit faster, but all in all, I couldn't be ...

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