Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 8/31/14
Newton, IA — After rain showers postponed the running of Saturday night’s DuPont Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway, the green flag finally waved to commence the 250-lap event, nearly 15 hours after the originally scheduled start time. Despite qualifying in the 30th position, Eric McClure and the Hefty®/Reynolds® Team were able to post an 18th-place finish on the 7/8-mile track. Not only is this McClure’s best finish at Iowa Speedway, it also propelled him two positions to 21st in the NASCAR Owner Standings. Despite battling a tight-handling car in the center of the turns, McClure was able to advance five positions in the early stages of the 250-lap event. While running in the 24th position, McClure was able to bring his car to the attention of his crew for four tires, fuel, and an air-pressure adjustment during the competition caution on lap 50. When the race resumed, McClure was scored in the 20th position. As the race continued, the sun began peeking out from behind the clouds, drastically changing the track conditions. Furthermore, it changed the handling on McClure’s car to loose on entry and through the center of the turns. As a result, the Virginia driver not only lost the positions previously gained on pit road, but he also lost two laps to the race leader prior to lap 100. Shortly after the halfway point of the race, green flag pit stops began. McClure visited pit road on lap 137 for four tires, fuel, air-pressure and track-bar adjustments. Once all competitors had pitted, McClure was still scored in the 25th position, two laps down to the race leader. A caution on lap 151 allowed the Hefty®/Reynolds® team to remain on the track to receive the “wave around.” The gamble paid off as the event’s fourth caution flag waved two laps later for a five-car accident in turn two. Before the race resumed, rain began to fall, forcing NASCAR officials to red flag the event. After one hour and nine minutes, the track was dry and racing resumed on lap 169 with McClure scored in the 21st position. Ten laps later, the orange and blue Camry entered the top-20, where it remained during the final 45 laps. In the end, McClure crossed the finish line in the 18th position, his best at Iowa Speedway. Driver, Eric McClure Quotes: “I’m really happy with our day; we needed a solid race. We were competitive early but after the first stop, we weren’t as good. We were able to rebound after the next one though. We stayed out of trouble but we were also really competitive. We passed a lot of cars and that was fun. The team did a great job today.” -Hefty/Reynolds Racing PR
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

White Sox load up, look interesting, remain nimble

Jerry Jones: I'm for two more playoff teams right now

Cubs acquire Miguel Montero from Diamondbacks

Cam Newton suffers two lower back fractures in car accident

Report: Pirates re-sign Francisco Liriano to three-year deal

Mark Jackson calls out Warriors owner during Sunday sermon

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Johnny Manziel reportedly to start for Browns in Week 15

Brandon Marshall on Cutler: I would have buyer’s remorse, too

Report: Cardinals, Yankees may get involved on Max Scherzer

Kobe: If Lakers were the Titanic, I’d go down with that

Report: Lester's four contract offers in 6-year, $150M range

Marshawn Lynch thinks media will keep him from Hall of Fame

NFC playoff picture, Week 15: 49ers drop from contention

Sean Payton calls more than 10 players in for ‘review’

Woodson wants Jim Harbaugh to coach Michigan over Raiders

MLS Cup sees over 50%increase in viewership from 2013

Glazer: ESPN are ‘lying bastards’ over stealing Manziel report

JJ Watt featured on South Park holiday episode

Urban Meyer's wife cried tears of joy when OSU made Playoff

Kevin Klein loses part of his ear, scores game-winning goal

Jay-Z left in disbelief by LeBron's ridiculous fadeaway

NFL playoff hopefuls: Sling it at your own risk

Goodell named finalist for TIME's Person of the Year

Big Ten fans mass-ordering NJIT shirts to troll Michigan

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

White Sox load up, look interesting, remain nimble

NFC playoff picture, Week 15: 49ers drop from contention

Glazer rips ESPN over Manziel report

Cam Newton involved in accident

Report: Manziel to start for Browns

Aaron Rodgers the favorite for MVP?

LeBron breached protocol putting his arm around Kate

Fletcher Cox introduces himself to the NFL

Lynch: Media will keep him out of Canton

Gina Carano, Henry Cavill break up again

Rondo: I'm a top-three NBA player

11 amazing NFL stats from Week 14

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.