He’s baaack! Cleared to race

“Cleared to race!!!”

That was the tweet sent out via Twitter by NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure, driver of the No. 14 TriStar Motorsports entry on Wednesday.

McClure has been sidelined by doctors since he sustained injuries, including a concussion and internal bruising, in a crash during the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega (Ala.) Speedway in early May. Instead, he’s had to watch teammate Jeff Green drive his No. 14 machine. But no longer. McClure is expected to compete in the Sargento 200 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Saturday.

“I look forward to getting back, having some fun, and getting some positive results,” McClure said.

After the incident in which McClure’s car slammed into the track retaining wall head-on because of a brake failure, Green was moved from a TriStar start-and-park car to drive the No. 14, and Kevin Lepage was put in Green’s seat.

“The support of everyone, especially the fans, the past few weeks has been overwhelming,” McClure siad. “I want to say a special thanks to TriStar Motorsports, Jeff Green and Kevin Lepage for their efforts and support during my absence.”

McClure missed five races. Prior to the Talladega incident, he posted a best 2012 finish of 20th in the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February. He has eight starts under his belt so far this year.

Full Nationwide Series Road America entry list to be posted on Stock Car Spin on Friday.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR

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Topics: Eric McClure, NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Road America

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