Toyota Care 250 Pre-Race Report
Richmond International Raceway
Mooresville, NC (April 22, 2014) - The NASCAR Nationwide Series is coming off its second off weekend of the 2014 season this weekend for the Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Friday's race will mark the eighth race of the 2014 Nationwide Series season and the third night race this season.
Eric McClure, No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Toyota Camry
Virginia native, Eric McClure will make his 234th-career Nationwide Series start and his 13th start at Richmond International Raceway. The Virginia native driver has an average finish 31.4 and has completed 83.1% of the total laps across his 12 starts. The No. 14 Camry will be sporting a different look this weekend with Reynolds Wrap® adorning the hood and Hefty® on the TV panel.
Mike Bliss, No. 19 TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camry
Mike Bliss will make his 19th Nationwide Series start at Richmond International Raceway this Friday night. Bliss has one top-5 and four top-10's over his 18 starts at the raceway. (complete release)
Will Friday Night's Toyota Care 250 at RIR be Lucky No. 13 for McClure?
Toyota Care 250: Richmond Int'l Raceway
Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Racing NOTES:
Darlington Rewind: Eric McClure earned a track-best finish of 21st at Darlington Raceway despite battling tire and rear-end issues through the middle stages and end of the race. With this finish, the driver and team advanced one spot in their respective point standings.
Lucky 13: This weekend's event at Richmond Int'l Raceway will mark McClure's 234th-career Nationwide Series start and his 13th at the raceway. In 12 starts, the Virginia driver has completed 83.1% of the total laps attempted and has an average finish of 31.4. McClure's best finish of 26th came during the fall event in 2012 and was backed up during the spring event in 2013.
New Look for the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® Camry: The No. 14 Camry will sport a different look this weekend at Richmond Int'l Raceway with the Reynolds Wrap® logo adorning the hood. The car will be primarily Reynolds Wrap® blue and silver with a touch of Hefty® orange on the TV panel. This scheme will be on the No. 14 Camry approximately 40% of the remaining races in the 2014 season. (complete release)
Track-Best Finish for McClure at Darlington
Darlington, SC (April 11, 2014)-Coming off a 24th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, Eric McClure and the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds Wrap® team headed to Darlington Raceway to try their luck with "The Lady in Black". Despite qualifying 30th, McClure was able to earn a track-best finish of 21st. With this finish, the team advanced one position to 24th in the Owner Standings.
When the green flag fell, McClure quickly began working his way through the field and by the completion of lap one, he was in the 26th position. However, by lap three, McClure began sliding backwards as the car became too tight and lacked front grip especially in the center of turn 2. When the caution flag waved on lap 17, the team brought the Hefty® Ultimate ™/Reynolds Wrap® Camry to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment. (complete release)