McClure out of hospital; won't race at Bristol
August 21, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Eric McClure was released from a Tennessee hospital on Wednesday morning, and hopes to attend Friday night’s event at Bristol Motor Speedway--even though the Nationwide Series driver won’t be behind the wheel of his No. 14 car.
McClure had been hospitalized at Bristol Regional Medical Center since Aug. 12 for acute renal failure, a kidney issue that can be severe if left untreated. The native of Chilhowie, Va., was resting at home and hoped to attend the Food City 250 in support of Jeff Green, who is driving his car for a second consecutive weekend.
“Going home today,” McClure wrote in a series of posts on Twitter. “Thanks everyone for the all the kind works. Not sure how much more my family can take, but thankful for the blessings God gives. I’m so ready to be with Miranda and the girls. So many people involved this week with helping diagnose/treat and I appreciate them so much.”
McClure, 34, is father to five daughters, the newest of whom was born earlier this month. The NASCAR Nationwide Series regular missed five races last year dealing with the effects of a concussion suffered at Talladega, and in 2011 had his family’s home destroyed by a tornado. He was 18th in Nationwide points following his last race at Watkins Glen, with a best finish of eighth at Daytona.
McClure was hospitalized after a series of tests showed the driver’s creatinine levels were elevated, signaling improper kidney function. Although McClure is unsure of when he’ll be able to compete again, he vows to return to the race car.
“Going to be a bit,” he wrote on Twitter, “but I will be back.”