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Remembering Eric McClure: A Racing Hero to a Fellow Virginian

Eric McClure 2016 Xfinity smiling Logan Whitton NKP

(Photo: Logan Whitton / NKP)

If there’s one adage that’s held true during my decade covering races with Frontstretch, it’s been “don’t meet your heroes.” Virginia’s Eric McClure, who died Sunday (May 2) at the age of 42, was a rare exception to that rule. Yes, I went out of my way to say Virginia’s Eric McClure. There’s a reason …

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Eric McClure on XFINITY Series: ‘There Are Days I Miss it Terribly’

Eric McClure stares at the television in his pit box at Elkhart Lake, Wis.

(Photo: Jennifer Coleman NKP)

It’s been more than a year since Eric McClure has taken the green flag in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. And you don’t have to remind him. “There are days I miss it terribly,” McClure said with a sigh. Following a career that spanned 14 years and 288 career starts, McClure is in an unfamiliar position …

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NASCAR 101: Xfinity Series Getting Into Throwback Spirit, Too

2014 Darlington NNS Chase Elliott wins CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photography)

Much of the hullabaloo over this weekend’s racing at Darlington Raceway revolves around the sheer girth of throwback events and paint schemes that will populate the Southern 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series come Sunday night. As the race re-assumes its historic Labor Day weekend date, the sanctioning body and its teams are celebrating …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Eric McClure – “The Accident at Talladega Changed Me”

2014 Chicago NNS Eric McClure and team CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Describing Eric McClure as a family man, a man of experience or a man of faith will only brush the surface of what truly defines the 36-year-old Virginia native. Above all, he prefers to be called blessed. Growing up in a racing family, McClure has early memories of witnessing his favorite driver Richard Petty edge Cale Yarborough …

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Xfinity Series Breakdown: 2015 Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire

2015 Loudon I NXS Denny Hamlin trophy CIA

Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography

The sun shined bright on the energy-soaked car driven by Denny Hamlin at Loudon during the Lakes Region 200 on Saturday afternoon. Controversy sparked the Joe Gibbs Racing driver throughout the day, fighting a loose racecar that caused him to spin out ahead of teammate Kyle Busch while battling for the lead 24 laps into …

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Mike Bliss to Race Part-Time for Remainder of 2015 Xfinity Series Season

2014 Michigan I NNS Mike Bliss car CIA

(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2014)

Mike Bliss‘s journey at TriStar Motorsports has enabled him to run full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011. With limited sponsorship throughout his time at the organization, Bliss has finished inside the top 15 in points with TriStar Motorsports over the past four years. But in a world where the economy means so much, …

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Eric McClure Leaves JGL Racing, Returns to TriStar Motorsports

2014 Loudon I NNS Eric McClure CIA

Credit: CIA Stock Photography

Eric McClure is on the move once again. Over the offseason, the Virginia native announced he would be leaving TriStar Motorsports for JGL Racing. However, after nine races, McClure is heading back to his old team. JGL Racing and McClure have parted ways after tallying up two top-25 finishes through nine events. Bringing his No. …

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Talladega Superspeedway to Add New SAFER Barriers

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega Superspeedway announced on Thursday that they will be adding additional SAFER barriers at the 2.66-mile tri-oval ahead of the spring NASCAR weekend at the beginning of May.  According to Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch, the new SAFER Barriers will be located on the inside of turns 1 and 3, in addition to at the …

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McClure Moves to JGL Racing for 2015

2014 Loudon I NNS Eric McClure CIA

Credit: CIA Stock Photography

On Monday morning, Team McClure Inc. announced that Eric McClure will leave TriStar Motorsports and move over to JGL Racing for the 2015 XFINITY Series season.  McClure is bringing primary sponsorship with him from Hefty and Reynolds Wrap for 25 races at minimum. continuing a long-term relationship between the company and the Virginian racer.  JGL Racing is continuing to …

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