Track-Best Finish for McClure at Darlington
Darlington, SC (April 11, 2014)-Coming off a 24th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, Eric McClure and the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® team headed to Darlington Raceway to try their luck with "The Lady in Black". Despite qualifying 30th, McClure was able to earn a track-best finish of 21st. With this finish, the team advanced one position to 24th in the Owner Standings.
When the green flag fell, McClure quickly began working his way through the field and by the completion of lap one, he was in the 26th position. However, by lap three, McClure began sliding backwards as the car became too tight and lacked front grip especially in the center of turn 2. When the caution flag waved on lap 17, the team brought the Hefty® Ultimate ™/Reynolds Wrap® Camry to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. (complete release)
Sport Clips 200
Mooresville, NC (April 12, 2014) - Friday nights Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway lived up to the track's nickname, "Too Tough To Tame". Two of TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camrys sustained damage early into the race, but the TriStar Motorsports team worked long and hard to get both cars repaired and back on track. The Nationwide Series has this weekend off from racing, but we will be prepping for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, April 25th.
Mike Bliss Finishes 16th at Darlington Raceway
Mike Bliss and the No. 19 TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camry qualified 20th on Friday for the Sport Clips 200 at Darlington Raceway. Early into the race, Bliss got caught up in a wreck, which caused front-end damage to the No. 19 Camry. The team worked diligently to repair the hood and quickly got Bliss back out on track. With 90 laps to go, Bliss was in the Lucky Dog position sitting 22nd. Due to a caution late into the race, Bliss was able to bring home a 16th place finish at the track that is "Too Tough To Tame". (complete release)
McClure Hoping to Tame Darlington
VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200: Darlington Raceway
Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Racing NOTES:
Texas Recap: Eric McClure started the 300-mile race in the 29th position. Battling a car that lacked rear grip throughout the majority of the race, McClure visited pit road several times to receive adjustments to the car to improve its handling. By the end of the event, he was turning his fastest laps of the night and in the end, the Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® team was credited with a 24th-place finish.
Can Darlington Raceway be tamed? This weekend's event at Darlington Raceway will mark McClure's 233rd career Nationwide Series start and his seventh at the 1.366-mile speedway. In six starts, the Virginia driver has had difficulty taming Darlington as he has only completed 68.2% of the total laps attempted and has recorded three DNFs. His best finish of 26th came last season and he looks to improve on that this weekend. (complete release)