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The NASCAR world is in mourning after one of its prominent drivers passed away suddenly on Sunday (May 2) at the young age of 42.
Eric McClure made three career starts in the NASCAR Cup Series and raced 288 times in 14 years in the NASCAR Xfinity Cup Series. Prior to his final race in 2016, McClure and Hal Martin formed Martin-McClure Racing in 2015.
On Sunday morning (May 2), emergency services were called to McClure’s house in Virginia, where they found his body. The Washington County, Virginia Sheriff’s Department confirmed his death to CNN. A cause of death has not been reported yet, but the publications reports that his “body was sent to Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Roanoke for an autopsy.”
His family released the following stated to the Associated Press:
“The family of Eric Wayne McClure, former NASCAR driver, announces with great sorrow his passing on Sunday. They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this very difficult time.”
His death comes as a shock to most, considering he was active on social media on Saturday (May 1), tweeting about sending his fiancé, Keira Brinegar, a SnapChat, which he called “chatfacesnap.”
McClure and Brinegar announced their engagement on social media in September 2020 and have been together since at least October 2019, when the former driver called her the “light that comes in the darkness.”
McClue is survived by his seven daughters, Mabreigh, Maryleigh, Mirabella, Merritt, Myanna, Meraline, Melania, who he shares with his ex-wife Miranda. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughters, his fiancé, his family, and friends during this time.
Upon learning of his death, the racing world took to social media with the following tributes and statements.