Former NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and team owner Eric McClure passed away on Sunday. He was just 42 years old. No specific details as to the cause of death have been reported at this time.
The death was reported by both his family and NASCAR. However, McClure had been suffering from serious health issues in recent years. Among them were a lung infection and diagnosis of a severe musculoskeletal disorder in 2019.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former driver and owner Eric McClure. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends. pic.twitter.com/378S81SPx2
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) May 2, 2021
McClure made 288 starts in a NASCAR Xfinity Series career that spanned over 13 seasons. He also competed in the premier Cup Series three times. His last start in the national series came for JD Motorsports back in 2016, the very team that gave him his first full-time opportunity in 2007.
The family of Eric McClure released the following statement Sunday with regard to his passing:
“The family of Eric Wayne McClure, former NASCAR driver, announces with great sorrow his passing on Sunday. They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this very difficult time.”
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His body will reportedly be sent to Roanoke for an autopsy to determine the precise cause of death.
McClure had been active on social media as recently as Saturday evening:
Trying to send @keiralynn87 something on chatfacesnap thing. I think I#sent 5 messages as replies but didn’t disappear so idk if worked She’s doing a makeup session for client & I’m trying to wish good luck.@kelsey_schauf tried get me to do this in 2015 but I’d not even used IG
— Eric McClure (@ericmcclure) May 1, 2021
McClure’s best career NASCAR finish was an eighth-place showing in 2013 at Daytona. He was known throughout his career for his longevity as a driver and for the underdog persona of his race team.
Defending NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion Austin Cindric reacted to news of McClure’s passing on Twitter.
— Austin Cindric (@AustinCindric) May 2, 2021
Eric McClure was involved in many severe crashes throughout his career. A wreck at Talladega Superspeedway in 2012 left McClure concussed and with internal bleeding. He missed five races before making his next start due to the injuries he sustained.
McClure also suffered a known concussion in a wreck at Kentucky Speedway in 2015. Only time will tell how the tolls of the sport might have contributed to his tragic death at such a young age.