McClure Joins Front Row for '500'

Eric Mcclure

“Racing in the Daytona 500 has always been a dream of mine and I look forward to getting to Daytona, working with this team, and trying to achieve this goal." (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Eric McClure will fulfill a lifelong dream when he competes in the Daytona 500 for Front Row Motorsports.

McClure will join David Ragan and David Gilliland as a third entry for team owner Bob Jenkins in next month’s “Great American Race.”

"In our sport, and for my family, there is nothing greater than the Daytona 500 and this opportunity will enhance our program in a unique way,” said McClure. “Front Row and I have a history together; they have always represented their partners and ours in a professional manner. They are very strong on the superspeedways and I enjoy this type of racing more than any other.

“Racing in the Daytona 500 has always been a dream of mine and I look forward to getting to Daytona, working with this team, and trying to achieve this goal."

Hefty and Reynolds Wrap, McClure’s long-time Nationwide Series program sponsors, will back the Daytona entry. McClure said the chance to run Daytona for Front Row and enhance exposure for his sponsors was a huge opportunity.

“As we evaluated those and I evaluate my career and phase out of the driving aspect, there are certain things I’ve wanted to accomplish, certain things I’ve dreamed about since I was a little boy and the Daytona 500 is the biggest thing that there is,” said McClure. “It’s something I’ve never done and would love to have the opportunity to compete in that event.”

McClure plans to continue running a Nationwide Series program for Tri-Star Motorsports for 28 races with David Green running the balance of the schedule.

McClure has endured a series of health and medical issues over the last two seasons including suffering a concussion in a violent crash at Talladega in 2012.

He also missed several races last year because of acute renal failure that hospitalized him for more than a week.

But McClure insists he has a clear bill of health to proceed with his 2014 plans, which he believes will be the wind down of his racing career.

“I’m feeling good and my doctors have told me that I’m ready for the racing season,” said McClure.

But he readily admits his days behind the wheel are limited.

“This might be my last shot,” said McClure. “I’ve had a chance to put some things in perspective over the last couple years and with my family and all it’s time to look at some other things.”

Which would make earning a spot and racing in the Daytona 500 all that much sweeter.

“As a driver, I’m at the point now I can sit back and I’m trying to take all of this in – the anticipation of getting down there and really having a lot of fun,” he said. “I want to finish my career with enjoyment and if we can go down there and qualify for the race, that would be a really big accomplishment for us.”

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