'Terrible news': NASCAR rocked by former driver's death at 42

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Eric McClure (pictured) before a NASCAR race.
Eric McClure (pictured) died aged 42, according to a statement from his family and NASCAR. (Getty Images)

NASCAR has been rocked by the death of former driver Eric McClure at the age of 42.

McClure's family announced the death of the former Xfinity Series racing driver on Sunday.

His body was sent for an autopsy, but no details were given about the cause of his death.

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“We are saddened to learn of the passing of former driver and (team) owner Eric McClure," NASCAR said in a statement. 

"NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends."

McClure was the nephew of former Cup team owner Larry McClure and spent the majority of his career racing in the Xfinity Series. 

Fans took to social media to pay their respects for McClure.

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Erin McClure's NASCAR career cut short

He made 288 career starts over 14 seasons with a career-best finish of eighth at Daytona in 2013. 

McClure last raced in 2016 after his career was cut short by health issues.

He suffered at least two concussions in his career and the former driver detailed how he suffered from lingering headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to light, bouts of depression and forgetfulness.

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

McClure last October pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour domestic violence charge against his now-estranged wife.

He was ordered to complete 12 months of active probation, complete substance abuse counselling and undergo a mental health assessment and any recommended counselling.

The McClures had seven daughters.

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