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Eric McClure charged with domestic abuse

Jeff Birchfield • Feb 12, 2018 at 7:45 PM

Former NASCAR driver Eric McClure is facing domestic abuse charges following his arrest Sunday.

The Smyth County Sheriff's Department responded to a call from the couple’s Southwest Virginia home. An affidavit listed the victim as McClure's 39-year-old wife, Miranda.

The 40-year-old McClure was released on $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Juvenile Domestic Relations Court on Feb. 21.

McClure competed in 288 NASCAR Xfinity Series races from 2003-16. He had just one top-10 finish, an eighth-place run at Daytona.

After a multicar accident at Talladega in 2012, the driver was hospitalized for a concussion and missed five races. He later said the concussions he suffered were one reason for his decision to retire from driving.

The McClure family also suffered a personal setback in 2011 when a hurricane severely damaged their home.

In 2016, the Chilhowie racer teamed with another ex-driver, Hal Martin, to form Martin-McClure Racing. The team fielded a NASCAR K&N Series team and found immediate success with Knoxville driver Chad Finchum winning at Bristol and Austin Cindric winning two road-course races.

Last season with 2016 K&N Rookie of the Year Hunter Baize behind the wheel, the Abingdon-based team had five top-10 finishes in eight races, including a fourth at Bristol and a sixth at Memphis.

Since then, the team has struggled with financial issues and was forced to lay off some employees last November. MMR did not enter last weekend's season-opening K&N race at New Smyrna in Florida, although the team posted Sunday on its Facebook page of plans to rejoin the K&N Series later in the season.

The team released a statement Monday concerning McClure’s arrest, saying he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence and that Martin would be overseeing all MMR operations.

“We are committed to our team’s values of transparency, professionalism, and performance,” the statement read. “Our highest priority is to maintain a family-centered atmosphere where everyone is safe and protected. We strive to ensure that any contrary actions are met with a prompt and appropriate response.

“We ask for privacy for Eric and his family and appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

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