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Eric McClure, a former NASCAR driver, dies at 42; pending autopsy

Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure died on Sunday at the age of 42

ABINGDON, Va. – Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure died on Sunday, his family and the series said. He was 42 years old.

No details were given about his death. McClure posted on social media on Saturday.

The Washington County Sheriff’s office said McClure’s body was sent to Roanoke for an autopsy.

“We are sad to hear of the passing of former driver and owner (of the team) Eric McClure. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends, ”said NASCAR in a statement.

McClure was the nephew of former Cup team owner Larry McClure and spent most of his career competing in the Xfinity Series. He made 288 career starts over 14 seasons, with the best career result in eighth place at Daytona in 2013.

He last raced in 2016.

“Eric Wayne McClure’s family, a former NASCAR driver, sadly announces his passing on Sunday,” his family said in a statement. “They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this difficult time.”

McClure’s career was interrupted by health problems. He suffered at least two concussions in his career and the native of Chilhowie, Virginia, later said he had persistent headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light, bouts of depression and forgetfulness.

McClure said that in 2013 he was diagnosed with acute kidney failure and, in 2019, said he was being treated for kidney failure in both kidneys.

McClure in October last year did not contest the domestic violence misdemeanor charge against his now estranged wife. He was required to complete 12 months of active probation, complete substance abuse counseling and undergo a mental health assessment and any recommended counseling.

Miranda McClure said Eric McClure smothered and beat her in front of her children, and her 9-year-old daughter called 911. The McClures had seven daughters.

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