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Eric McClure, Former NASCAR Driver, Has Died At 42

Eric McClure
Eric McClure

BEVERLY HILLS, May 02, (THEWILL) – Eric McClure, the American professional stock car racing driver and team owner, has died.

The news of his passing was made public by his family and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) series, according to ESPN.

Although no details were declared about the circumstances surrounding his death and he had posted on social media as recently as Saturday, his body has been sent to Roanoke for an autopsy, according to the Washington County sheriff’s office.

An official statement from NASCAR shared the expression of loss: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former driver and (team) owner Eric McClure. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends.”

The late McClure spent most of his racing career in the Xfinity Series, the stock car racing series organized by NASCAR. As a regular feature of the series, he made 288 career starts over 14 seasons and earned a career-best finish of eighth at Daytona in 2013 with his last race dating back to 2016. He was also the nephew of former Cup team owner Larry McClure.

A statement from his family was terse: “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.”

A couple of health issues forced McClure to leave professional racing earlier than he could have wanted. Two concussions that he suffered while active caused him to occasionally suffer lingering headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light, bouts of depression and forgetfulness, none of which was good for a racing driver.

In 2013, he publicly admitted to having been diagnosed with acute renal failure which worsened to the point where he had to be treated for kidney failure in both kidneys by 2019.

When in October 2020, his now estranged wife, Miranda McClure claimed he choked and hit her in front of their children, and her 9-year-old daughter called 911, McClure pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

As a consequence, he had to complete 12 months of active probation, complete substance abuse counseling and undergo a mental health assessment and any recommended counseling to help him back on the straight and narrow.

The McClures had seven daughters. Eric McClure was 42.