NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Eric McClure plans to make his first Daytona 500 in this year’s edition of the Sprint Cup Series season opener, scheduled for Feb. 23 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. He got a ride from Sprint Cup team Front Row Motorsports in the form of the No. 35 Ford entry.
“This is an exciting time for me and, certainly, our sponsoring brands, as well,” McClure said. “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.
The deal with Front Row is a one-race deal for the Daytona 500 only. If McClure makes the race, he’ll be a teammate to Front Row Motorsports’ full-time drivers David Ragan and David Gilliland, who finished first and second at NASCAR’s other restrictor plate track, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, in May of last year. Front Row Motorsports has notched six top-10 finishes over the course of the last eight restrictor plate races at Daytona and Talladega in the last two years.
McClure, who is an 11-year veteran of the Nationwide Series, has a total of three-career starts at the Sprint Cup level.
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