XFINITY Series regular welcomes sixth daughter, returns to TriStar team
Veteran driver will pilot No. 24 car for JGL Racing NASCAR veteran Eric McClure will compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015 as driver of the No. 24 JGL Toyota, according to a team release. McClure , 36, has 254 career starts in the series with a best finish of eighth at Daytona International Speedway in 2013. From 2011 through 2014, the Chilhowie, Virginia native competed for team owner Mark Smith and TriStar Motorsports. Jay Guy, previously a crew chief at Front Row Motorsports , will serve as crew chief for McClure and the No. 24 team. JGL, a two-car operation fielded by James Whitener and Gregg Mixon, debuted in 2014 and featured numerous drivers behind the wheel of its Nos. 28 and 93 entries during the year. The organization fielded Dodge entries in 2014. "It's a privilege to compete at this level of motorsports, and to have the opportunity to return to full-time competition is truly a blessing," said McClure , who hasn't run a full schedule since 2011. "I'm excited about the new partnership with JGL Racing. They are an organization comprised of experienced individuals sharing a deep-rooted competitive spirit. I could not be more excited about the upcoming season." Reynolds Consumer Products, through its Hefty and Reynolds Wrap brands, will serve as primary sponsor of the team for a minimum of 25 events, according to the team. " Eric's a talented driver who's had success on and off the race track over the course of his career," Whitener said, "and it's exciting to add another veteran driver and national brands to our organization. "We look forward to continuing to build on things accomplished in 2014 and growing our team together." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Ty Dillon and Eric McClure were involved in a four-wide wreck that collected several cars just prior to halfway in the Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Contact between the leaders triggers a scary crash that leaves many cars out of the race, including Eric McClure , who is helped from his car after.
Eric McClure crashes in a shower of sparks after suffering from a flat tire at Charlotte.
McClure reflects on his scary crash in Talladega and the aftermath as he heals and is ready to go racing again soon.
Sam Hornish Jr and Eric McClure start a multicar crash late at Talladega.
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Driver to join TriStar Motorsports for full XFINITY Series slate TriStar Motorsports announced Thursday morning that Cale Conley will make the jump to a full-time ride in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season. Conley, 22, competed in 11 races last season in the Nationwide Series -- which is transferring title sponsorship to Comcast's XFINITY brand in 2015. His best finish in Richard Childress Racing 's No. 33 Chevrolet was sixth at Kentucky Speedway in September. "I am looking forward to working with people that are excited to work with me and help me mature as a driver and competitor in this series," Conley said. "I am grateful to Mark Smith and TriStar Motorsports for being willing to take a chance with me and let me race weekend after weekend after weekend, so I can get one step closer to my ultimate dream of being a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion." TriStar, owned by Mark Smith, fielded 13 drivers in its four-car operation last season, with Mike Bliss , Eric McClure , Blake Koch and Jeff Green making the majority of the starts in the team's Toyotas. Mooresville, North Carolina-based team's best finish was a ninth-place from David Starr at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring. A spokesperson for TriStar said that more announcements regarding the team's driver lineup for 2015 were coming in the next two weeks. Conley brought his rich sprint-car background to NASCAR competition in 2011, gaining experience in the K&N Pro Series before venturing into Nationwide races. The West Virginia native notched his first victory on the K&N circuit at Columbus Motor Speedway in 2012. In addition to his growth on the track last season, Conley made waves off the track when he settled a bet with Emma Blaney by wearing a dress . The campaign to add to Conley's Twitter following and the ensuing pictures prompted the social media hashtag #DriverInADress. Conley is scheduled to appear as a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule