Front Row Motorsports has announced that veteran NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure will drive the team's #35 entry in the 56th running of the Great American Race. It would be McClure's, who has three previous starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, first start in the prestigious Daytona 500. McClure, a native of Chilhowie, Virginia, has 226 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts to his record, recording one top ten in those starts. McClure will bring sponsorship from Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, a company that has been with the driver throughout his career.
"This is an exciting time for me and certainly our sponsoring brands as well," said McClure. "In our sport, and for my family, there is nothing greater than the Daytona 500 and this opportunity will enhance our program in a unique way. Front Row and I have a history together; they have always represented their partners and ours in a professional manner. They are very strong on the superspeedways and I enjoy this type of racing more than any other. Racing in the Daytona 500 has always been a dream of mine and I look forward to getting to Daytona, working with this team, and trying to achieve this goal."
McClure previously drove for Front Row Motorsports in the 2007 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. McClure joins a team that finished 39th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner points standings in 2014 with Josh Wise behind the wheel. Wise has moved to Phil Parsons Racing for the 2014 season. The team has previously announced that they will use a combination of drivers in the #35 Ford throughout the 2014 season.
No word on whether crew chief Todd Anderson will return to the operation. Anderson came to Front Row Motorsports in June after spending a season and a half at BK Racing.
Also it was announced on Wednesday that McClure will drive a minimum of 28 Nationwide Series races for TriStar Motorsports in the No. 14 Toyota with sponsorship from Hefty and Reynolds Wrap. Jeff Green will pilot the car in the races that McClure does not compete in. McClure still suffers from injuries from a crash in 2012 and can't take the rigors of a full schedule.
Wes Ward will serve a crew chief for the No. 15 team for the second straight season.
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