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Eric McClure Leaves JGL Racing, Returns to TriStar Motorsports

Eric McClure is on the move once again. Over the offseason, the Virginia native announced he would be leaving TriStar Motorsports for JGL Racing. However, after nine races, McClure is heading back to his old team.

JGL Racing and McClure have parted ways after tallying up two top-25 finishes through nine events. Bringing his No. 24 along with him, he will be back at TriStar Motorsports starting at Iowa Speedway, with Hefty and Reynolds Wrap joining him.

McClure joined TriStar Motorsports in 2011 after racing for multiple seasons with Ed Rensi. During the 2013 season, he recorded the only top 10 of his career, finishing eighth in the season-opener at Daytona.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to TriStar Motorsports,” McClure said in a press release on Friday. “We spent four seasons with the organization and the relationships formed with Mark Smith and his family are very dear to me. As a sponsorship marketing agency, TMI has prided ourselves on professional representation of our partners and rejoining TriStar allows us the best environment to honor that commitment. As a driver, I’m looking forward to being in a familiar environment that has produced my best runs and am excited for the remainder of the season.”

Meanwhile, JGL Racing is committed to running multiple cars for the remainder of the year. The team will use the owner points from the No. 24 and will be rebranded to become the No. 26 team. No driver has been announced for the organization’s No. 26 car as of Friday. JGL Racing also fields the No. 28 car for JJ Yeley, who sits 13th in points entering Iowa.

“I have a lot of respect for Eric and his family and we wish him nothing but the best as he continues his racing career with TriStar Motorsports,” said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing. “We have a vision of what we want to build with this race team and it just wasn’t working out with Eric for the direction that we wanted to go. We are committed to the continued growth of JGL Racing and will do everything in our powers to progress that forward.”

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Joseph started with Fronstretch in Aug. 2014 and worked his way up to become an editor in less than a year. A native of Whitestone, New York, Joseph writes for NASCAR Pole Position magazine as a weekly contributor, along with being a former intern at Newsday and the Times Beacon Record Newspapers, each on Long Island. With a focus on NASCAR, he runs our social media pages and writes the NASCAR Mailbox column, along with other features for the site.

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