Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure dies at 42

McClure's career was cut short by health issues, including at least two concussions he suffered during his 14 years of racing.


Former stock car driver Eric McClure has died at age 42, NASCAR announced on Sunday.

The Washington County, Virginia, Sheriff's Department confirmed McClure's death to CNN. Emergency personnel were called to McClure's home Sunday morning where they found his body.

His body was sent to Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Roanoke for an autopsy, Washington County Sheriff Blake Andis told CNN.

No cause of death has been provided, and McClure was active on social media as recently as Saturday.

McClure raced in NASCAR for 14 years between 2003 and 2016, primarily in NASCAR's second-tier Xfinity Series. McClure competed in three races in the top-tier Cup Series in his career.

"We are saddened to learn of the passing of former driver and owner Eric McClure. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Eric's family and friends," NASCAR said in a statement.

McClure was the nephew of former Cup team owner Larry McClure and made 288 career starts over 14 seasons with a career-best finish of eighth at Daytona in 2013.

He last raced in 2016.

“The family of Eric Wayne McClure, former NASCAR driver, announces with great sorrow his passing on Sunday,” his family said in a statement. “They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this very difficult time.”

McClure's career was cut short by health issues. He suffered at least two concussions in his career and later said he was left with 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 spoke about his health issues with the Bristol Herald Courier in 2019, detailing a series of serious health scares before he was diagnosed with a severe musculoskeletal disorder. These disorders "are injuries or disorders of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After undergoing dialysis and multiple surgeries to save his limbs, McClure began to show signs of improvement, according to the Herald Courier, though he said he still experienced some numbness in his extremities.

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"I am sorry to learn of the death of NASCAR driver Eric McClure," tweeted Virginia Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith. "He and his family have long been Southwest Virginians. My condolences to his loved ones."

McClure was father to seven children, all of them girls, reports. His marriage to Miranda McClure ended with their estrangement, according to

In October 2020, McClure pleaded no contest to misdemeanor domestic violence charges stemming from a 2018 incident with his wife.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.