Single-car team to debut at Iowa Speedway this weekend RELATED: Get more NASCAR K&N Pro Series East coverage with Home Tracks NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Eric McClure and Hal Martin announced Tuesday that they have joined forces to field a single-car team for developmental drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Martin- McClure Racing is scheduled to debut with Chad Finchum at the wheel of the No. 39 entry this weekend at Iowa Speedway, which plays host to Friday's #ThanksKenny 150, a combination race for the K&N Pro Series' East and West tours. "This team is something Eric and I have discussed in great depth over the past few months and the timing is right for us to enter competition and lay the foundation for an organization that will meet the long-term goals we’ve laid out," Martin said in a release provided by the team. "It's an opportunity for us to give back to the sport we love, while providing a competitive and professional environment for young drivers as they transition from their respective backgrounds to the NASCAR national series." Finchum, 20, has 10 K&N starts spread over a part-time schedule since 2011. He also claimed two track championships (at Kingsport Speedway in Tennessee and Lonesome Pine Raceway in Virginia) in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition last season. "Since I started driving go-karts at age 6, I've always wanted to compete as a driver in the top levels of NASCAR," Finchum said. "This is a step forward in achieving that goal. It's hard to put into words what this opportunity means to me, but I think competing for MMR is a great fit. I've never been to Iowa Speedway, but I'm looking forward to getting there and getting on track." The Martin- McClure team also plans to compete in the season-ending race for the K&N East Series on Oct. 2 at Dover International Speedway. McClure , 36, currently ranks 20th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver standings. Martin, 29, competed in 17 XFINITY events from 2012-14.
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
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