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Eric McClure aims for first Daytona 500 start

January 29, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Eric McClure aims for first Daytona 500 start
Nationwide Series veteran will drive No. 35 for Front Row Motorsports at season-opener

Editor's note: Photo via Charlotte Motor Speedway/HHP

Eric McClure will drive the No. 35 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports at the Daytona 500 and attempt to qualify for the Great American Race, the team announced Wednesday.

The No. 35 car will carry the primary sponsorship of Hefty/Reynolds Wrap for the one-race slate.

"This is an exciting time for me and certainly for our sponsoring brands as well," McClure said in a team release. "In our sport, and for my family, there is nothing greater than the Daytona 500 and this opportunity will enhance our program in a unique way.

"Front Row and I have a history together; they have always represented their partners and ours in a professional manner. They are very strong on the superspeedways and I enjoy this type of racing more than any other. Racing in the Daytona 500 has always been a dream of mine and I look forward to getting to Daytona, working with the team, and trying to achieve this goal."

McClure has run three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in his career. This will be his first Cup event at Daytona, and his first attempt at a Cup race since 2006.

McClure, 35, is a veteran of 226 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and posted his first career top-10 finish in last year’s season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona.

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