STATESVILLE, N.C. — Eric McClure will make a return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, joining Front Row Motorsports for the season-opening Daytona 500 in the No. 35 Ford Fusion.
The veteran driver will carry the support of Hefty/Reynolds Wrap as primary sponsor in what would be his first start in The Great American Race.
The Sprint Cup team announced the one-race McClure-Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® partnership during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
McClure is an 11-year veteran of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He earned a career-best eighth-place finish at Daytona Int’l Speedway last February. The 35-year-old Chilhowie, Va., native also has three career Sprint Cup starts. The Daytona 500 would be his first Cup start for Front Row Motorsports.
“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.”