Coming off an eighth place finish at Daytona (FL) Int’l Speedway, Eric McClure and the Hefty®/Reynolds® team headed to Phoenix (AZ) Int’l Raceway (PIR) looking for another solid finish to help jumpstart the 2013 season. After posting the 20thfastest qualifying time and running inside the top-20 for the majority of the 200-lap race, an engine failure on lap 187 caused the team to finish the Dollar General 200 as follows:
29th-Eric McClure, No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds® Toyota Camry
Taking the green flag from the 20th position, McClure quickly slipped to the 24th spot as a result of using too much brake in the center of the turns. A multi-car accident on lap two, however, allowed McClure to regain his composure and resume racing on lap 14 from the 19th position.
Over the next 20 laps, the car’s handling became loose on entry and tight in the center and on exit of the turns. During the lap 38 caution, the team changed four tires, added fuel, and made multiple adjustmen...