Eric McClure

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Eric McClure
Eric McClure 2014 Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.jpg
McClure at Road America in 2014
Born (1978-12-11) December 11, 1978 (age 36)
Chilhowie, Virginia, U.S.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
3 races run over 3 years
Car no., team No. 35 (Front Row Motorsports)
Best finish 67th (2006)
First race 2004 Aaron's 499 (Talladega)
Last race 2006 UAW-Ford 500 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
254 races run over 12 years
Car no., team No. 14 (TriStar Motorsports)
2014 position 19th
Best finish 16th (2012)
First race 2003 Target House 200 (Rockingham)
Last race 2014 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of November 15, 2014.

Eric McClure (born December 11, 1978 in Chilhowie, Virginia) is an American stock car racing driver. He competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the No. 14 Toyota for TriStar Motorsports.

Sprint Cup Series career[edit]

McClure has made three career starts in NASCAR's Cup Series. His debut came at Talladega, driving the No. 04 I Can Learn Chevy in 2004. He made the field in 35th position, and went on to finish 26th. McClure then attempted to make the July race at Daytona, but did not qualify.

McClure then landed a ride with the No. 73 Raabe Racing Enterprises Chevy for 2005. McClure did not qualify for the first two races, but did make the race at Las Vegas, starting 41st. His engine blew mid-way through the race and relegated McClure to 32nd. McClure left the team that week and did not run until August, when he attempted three races with Front Row Motorsports. However, McClure did not make any of those races. In 2006 he attempted and made the UAW-Ford 500 handling issues relegated him to a 32nd place finish in the 04 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevy, with sponsorship from Hefty In 2008, McClure attempted the Daytona 500 in the No. 37 Front Row Motorsports Chevy sponsored by Hefty, but failed to qualify.

On April 11, 2009, Morgan-McClure Motorsports announced they would be attempting the Talladega race in April, after a year and a half absence from the sport. Eric McClure attempted to qualify the Hefty sponsored No. 4 Chevrolet but did not make the field.

In January 2014, McClure announced that he would attempt to compete in the 2014 Daytona 500 driving the No. 35 Ford for Front Row Motorsports;[1] he failed to qualify for the race.

Nationwide Series career[edit]

McClure made his Busch Series debut in 2003, running at Rockingham Speedway. He qualified the No. 05 I Can Learn Chevy in 22nd and finished 26th despite an accident.

McClure made four starts in 2004, running two races for his family team (MMM) and two more for Mac Hill Motorsports. His best run was at Memphis, where he finished 22nd. He also finished three of his four starts.

McClure added eight starts in 2005, seven for Means Racing, but only managed a best finish of 30th at Texas. McClure did attract the eye of James Finch and ran one race for that team at Daytona. However, he finished 32nd with a blown engine and did not follow that run up with any starts, returning to Means. McClure did not qualify for two '05 races. At Bristol, McClure was sent home because of a rainout of qualifying, and at Memphis, McClure missed the field by one spot.

For the 2007 season, McClure teamed up with Davis Motorsports for a 32 race schedule. McClure brought sponsor Hefty to the team with him.

He drove for Front Row Motorsports in the Busch Series in 2008, with Hefty sponsoring the car for all the races in the No. 24 Chevrolet. He scored his best career finish of 15th in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega.

In 2009, he and sponsor Hefty moved to Rensi/Hamilton Racing, where he drove the No. 24 Ford Fusion. This proved to be a good move; he qualified for every race and finished a career best 17th in the final points standings. McClure stuck with the team, now Team Rensi Motorsports, for 2010. However, performance slipped and the economic downturn forced McClure to be cautious with the team's equipment, with Rensi bringing a second team over for COT races that was raced by Kelly Bires. Despite this, McClure finished 24th in points but announced his departure from Rensi on November 30. According to McClure, Rensi's budget was so low to the point that they would rarely have full tire allotments for the races after Las Vegas, with most of the allotments going to the races run with Bires. McClure announced on December 1 that he and Hefty would move to TriStar Motorsports for 2011 alongside veterans Mike Bliss and Jeff Green. It was further announced in January that TriStar Motorsports will change their car numbers, with McClure piloting the #14.

During the Aaron's 312 on May 5, 2012, McClure was involved in a multi-car wreck on lap 117, and was extracted from his car. He was airlifted to the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama for further evaluation. NASCAR stated that McClure was talking to the rescue crew while he was being extracted from his car.[2][3][4][5] After staying two nights in the hospital, TriStar Motorsports team spokesmen Emily Brandt announced on May 6, 2012 that McClure had suffered a concussion and internal bruises from the accident.[6][7] On May 9, TriStar announced that McClure would sit out the Nationwide race at Darlington due to his concussion, and that start and park driver Jeff Green would drive the No. 14 while Tony Raines and Kevin Lepage would start and park the #10.[8] McClure would sit out the next 4 races before being cleared by NASCAR to drive in time for the race at Road America.[9] In spite of starting only 28 races, McClure finished the 2012 season with a career best points finish of 16th.

2014 Nationwide car at Road America

On January 9, 2013, TriStar announced that McClure would return to their team for the 2013 season.[10] McClure started his season on a high note by taking his best career finish of 7th at Daytona. In August, however, he was hospitalized with what was determined to be acute renal failure; he was forced to step out of the No. 14 car for four races while he recovered, being substituted for by Jeff Green.[11] McClure returned to competition in September at Chicagoland Speedway.[12] He missed a race later in the year at Texas Motor Speedway due to medical issues, before being hospitalized again prior to the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[13]

Before the 2014 season McClure announced that he would only be running a partial schedule in the Nationwide Series, anticipating the year to be his final season in NASCAR competition.[1]

Personal life[edit]

McClure was born in Chilhowie, Virginia, he is a graduate of Emory and Henry College. He is married, to Miranda, and has five daughters.[14]

McClure's home in Abingdon, Virginia suffered major damage in an April 27, 2011 tornado. However, McClure and his family sat out the storm in their basement and were uninjured.[15]

Gallery[edit]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(Key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress.
1 Ineligible for series championship points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Eric McClure Wants 1 Shot to Run the Daytona 500". ABC News. January 29, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Lap-by-Lap: Talladega". NASCAR. May 5, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ Owens, Jeff (May 5, 2012). "Eric McClure injured in multicar wreck near end of Nationwide race". Sporting News. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ McClure taken to hospital after scary crash. Talladega, Alabama: NASCAR. May 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Hembree, Mike (May 5, 2012). "NNS: Talladega Thriller". Speed TV. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ Caraviello, David (May 7, 2012). "McClure suffered concussion, internal bruising". NASCAR. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Newton, David (May 7, 2012). "Eric McClure released from hospital". ESPN. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2012/05/09/emcclure-to-miss-darlington.html Eric McClure to miss Darlington
  9. ^ "McClure back in the No. 14 at Road America". NASCAR. June 20, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Eric McClure Returns to TriStar Motorsports for the 2013 NNS Season". SpeedwayMedia.com. January 9, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ Gregory, Allen (August 21, 2013). "Latest setback frustrates McClure". Bristol Herald Courier. Bristol, TN. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  12. ^ James, Brant (September 19, 2013). "McClure ready to race again". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  13. ^ Long, Dustin (November 14, 2013). "McClure Remains Hospitalized". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  14. ^ "McClure and Wife Welcome 5th Daughter". Yardbarker. Fox Sports. July 31, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  15. ^ Dustin Long (April 27, 2012). "N'wide driver McClure, his family starting over a year after tornado". Sports Illustrated. 

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