Eric McClure(born December 11, 1981 in Chilhowlie, Virginia) is a part-time NASCAR driver. His family owns the NEXTEL Cup team Morgan-McClure Motorsports. He has driven for MMM, Raabe Racing Enterprises, and Front Row Motorsports over his career. A devout Christian, he is also one of the few NASCAR drivers with a college degree
Sprint Cup Series Career Edit
McClure has made two Cup career starts in his career. His debut came at Talladega, driving the #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 #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 Co. In 2008, Eric attempted the Daytona 500 in the #37 Front Row Motorsports Chevy sponsored by Hefty, but failed to qualify.
On April 11th, 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 will be the driver in a Hefty sponsored #4 Chevrolet. More races could be in store if the weekend goes well.
Nationwide Series Career Edit
McClure made his Busch Series debut in 2003, running at Rockingham. He qualified the #05 I Can Learn Chevy in 22nd and finished 26th despite an accident.
McClure then 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.
He drove for Front Row Motorsports in the Busch Series in 2008, with Hefty sponsoring the car for all the races in the #24 Chevrolet. He scored his best career finish of 15th in the Aaron's 312 with the team
In 2009, he and sponsor Hefty moved to Rensi/Hamilton Racing, where he drove the #24 Ford Fusion. He had a career year, making every race, and finishing 17th in the final points tally.
It was announced on his twitter that he will return to drive for Team Rensi Motorsports in 2010, with sponsorship continuing from Hefty.