Eric McClure, 35, has been forced to withdraw from Friday night’s Food City 250 at the Bristol Motor Speedway after being admitted to the hospital with acute kidney failure a little more than a week ago. Although his current condition remains guarded, he hopes for a quick recovery.
"This has been a very challenging week for me, both physically and emotionally," said McClure stated."Having a newborn and four other little girls, among other things, has also presented a challenge to my family. Recovery can be a slow and frustrating process, but thankfully we are seeing signs of healing. I can't thank everyone enough for all of the prayers, thoughts, and well-wishes during this difficult time and I can't wait to be back behind the Hefty/Reynolds Camry’s wheel.”
In the meantime, 2000 series champ Jeff Green will replace him as driver for the #14 Toyota this weekend.
This is not the first time McClure (currently 18th in the NASCAR’s Nationwide series) has been sidelined with serious health problems. Last year he missed four races after suffering concussion and internal injuries during a multi-car crash during the lap117 of the Aaron’s 312 at Talledega last May. He also was hit with the Epstein-Barr virus in 2011.