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.”