Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/11/12
Eric McClure never "dreamed" his first trip to a NASCAR media center to be to discuss the aftermath of a vicious wreck. But after full-speed contact with the wall at Talladega Superspeedway when his brakes failed in last Saturday's Aaron's 312, McClure, 33, feels grateful just to be back at a racetrack. "I'm doing okay, about as well as can be expected," McClure said. "I'm definitely sore and battling some things this week. It's obviously been a very long week for me and my family. I'm thankful. I'm thankful to be here and certainly very thankful for the safety initiatives and everything NASCAR's put on display over the years -- certainly, (from) first-hand experience -- very grateful for that. I would just like to say thank you to everyone. "There (have) been a lot of calls and concerns about my health and well-being last week, a lot of outpouring of support from the fans and peers in the sport (and) some of the competitors. Most importantly I would like to say thank you to NASCAR, the NASCAR medical liaison team, Talladega Superspeedway and UAB (University of Alabama Birmingham) -- a lot of care there, a lot of professionalism that certainly helped me through the process and I'll always be thankful for that." The 10-year NASCAR veteran, held his side as he walked. While there were early reports of soreness to his arm and leg, McClure said his biggest "battle" was with internal bruising, which he described as "still quite painful," and a concussion. McClure says he will follow NASCAR's medical regimen to ensure he's 100 percent before returning to competition. "As far as getting back in the race car, we're following the process that NASCAR has in place -- it's a very thorough process and a very good process," McClure said. "We're consulting with the doctors on that. Once they feel that I'm cleared to get back in the race car and that I'm ready to get back in the car, then I look forward to doing that. We're definitely preparing the best we can to do that as soon as possible." McClure is currently 17th in the driver standings. Former Nationwide Series champion Jeff Green will assume driving duties in the No. 14. McClure has three Sprint Cup starts. His best career finish was 26th at Talladega driving for his uncle Larry McClure.
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