Sunday, December 4, 2022

Long-time NASCAR Competitor Eric McClure Has Passed Away at Age 42

JOLIET, IL – SEPTEMBER 14: Eric McClure, driver of the #14 Hefty Ultimate with Arm & Hammer Toyota, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2013 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) (2013 Getty Images)

Eric McClure, who competed in 291 NASCAR National Series events between 2003 and 2016, has passed away at the age of 42.

McClure’s fiancé Keira Brinegar Tibbs shared the incredibly sad news in a Facebook post on Sunday morning.

McClure’s family released an official statement on Sunday afternoon, which read:

“The family of Eric Wayne McClure, former NASCAR driver, announces with great sorrow his passing on Sunday, May 2, 2021. They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this very difficult time.”

McClure was a hard-working underdog racer through the entirety of his NASCAR career. Over 288 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the Virginia-native only scored one top-10 finish, but he grew a passionate fan base by always giving it his all for lower tier teams.

McClure also grew brand recognition through his long-time sponsorship partnership with Hefty. McClure’s final race in NASCAR came in the 2016 season-opening NASCAR Xfinity Series race for JD Motorsports in the No. 0 entry.

McClure had attempted a comeback to NASCAR for 2021, which never materialized.

McClure leaves behind seven daughters from a previous marriage, and he was seen in a Facebook video on Saturday playing around with his fiancé’s daughter.

NASCAR released a statement via Twitter expressing their condolences for McClure’s family and friends:

Several other names in the NASCAR garage have started to post their thoughts of McClure, including Tommy Joe Martins, who says he always had the support of McClure over the years.

Jimmy Means, who McClure drove for during a portion of his NASCAR Xfinity Series career also sent his thoughts and prayers to McClure’s family and called McClure a fine young man.

Our thoughts are with Kiera Brinegar Tibbs and the entire McClure family during these extremely sad times.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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