Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/31/14
Joliet, IL —Eric McClure and the Hefty®/Reynolds® Team traveled to their sponsor’s home track, Chicagoland Speedway, for the third NNS stand-alone event of the 2013 season. After picking up a second from Saturday’s practice session to post the 20th fastest time in qualifying, a flat left rear tire with 35 laps remaining in the 200-lap event ultimately relegated the team to a 28th-place finish. With this finish, the TriStar Motorsports team is tied for 23rd in NASCAR Owner Standings while McClure is tied for 17th in NASCAR Driver Standings. Starting the race from the 20th position, McClure slipped to 22nd early in the race as he battled a car that was loose on entry and exit of the turns. A welcomed caution on lap 47 allowed McClure to bring his car to pit road for four tires, fuel, and an air-pressure adjustment. Once the stop was complete, McClure was scored in the 23rd position for the lap 53 restart. Several cars in front of the No. 14 Hefty®/Reynolds® Camry stacked-up on the restart and, with nowhere to go, McClure slipped to the 30th position. By the halfway point of the race, McClure had worked his way up to the 26th position as the adjustment previously made seemed to have helped the car’s drivability on entry and exit of the turns. After making a green-flag pit stop on lap 106 for four tires, fuel, air-pressure and track-bar adjustments, McClure was able to maintain the 26th position when all competitors had visited pit road. As the laps trickled away, McClure slipped several more spots to the 30th position and reported that something was amiss with the car, as it was now “wrecking loose” in the turns. Not wanting to risk a damaged race car, crew chief Todd Myers called the orange and blue Camry to pit road on lap 165, under green flag conditions, for four tires and fuel. Once the service was complete, McClure returned to the track in the 30th position where he was later informed by Myers that the culprit was a flat left rear tire. Not giving up, McClure was able to advance two positions in the closing laps to finish the STP 300 in the 28th position. Driver, Eric McClure Quotes: “It was a disappointing result for us again today. We made large gains in practice on Saturday and were able to put down a good lap in qualifying. We started the race well and got behind on a couple of restarts. We were still in position to have a good finish when we had a flat left rear tire that cost us eight spots. It’s just frustrating. The positive of the weekend is that we were fast and have been fast the past several weeks, but the results just don’t show it. We will regroup and go on to Indy.” -Hefty Reynolds Racing PR

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win


Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

Report: Jim Harbaugh being encouraged to take Michigan job

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

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.

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

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

Company Info
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.