Eric McClure headed to Dover Int’l Speedway this weekend for his first race this season on the one-mile concrete surface known as the “Monster Mile.” Despite starting the 200-mile event from the 37th position and battling a car that was primarily tight in the center of the turns, McClure rebounded to finish the OneMain Financial 200 as follows:
26th- Eric McClure, No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Toyota Camry
- At the drop of the green flag, McClure quickly began working his way through the field and by lap 14 was scored in the 29th position.
- Early in the race, the car was loose on entry and exit of the turns and tight in the center. To help pacify the car’s handling, the Wes Ward-led crew changed four tires, added fuel, and made air-pressure and chassis adjustments during the competition caution period on lap 45. After quick work by the Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Racing™ team, McClure was scored in the 26th position when he returned to the track.
- Trapped in the outside lane on the lap 50 restart, McClure slipped to the 29th position where he remained through the halfway point of the race.
- During the long green flag run, the car’s handling improved on entry and exit, but was still tight in the center of the turns. In an effort to help the car’s tight-handling condition, McClure visited pit road under yellow conditions on lap 119 for tires, fuel, and an air-pressure adjustment. McClure returned to the track in the 24th position once the pit stop was complete, for the lap 123 restart.
- Again trapped in the outside lane, McClure wasn’t able to get to the preferred line of racing around the one-mile track; as a result, he lost four positions in the running order by lap 127.
- As the race continued, the car’s handling greatly improved and McClure was able to regain two of the positions lost by lap 159.
- When the event’s final caution flag waved on lap 177, the call was made to bring the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry to pit road for a routine four tire and fuel service. As the car returned to the track, the TriStar Motorsports team was scored in the 25th position.
- On the final restart on lap 181, the inside lane stacked-up, forcing the 33-year-old driver to let off the throttle to avoid from hitting the car in front of him. Consequently, he was passed by one car and unable to regain the position lost in the final 19 laps. McClure crossed the finish line in the 26th position.
TriStar Motorsports PR