Martin-McClure Racing, which is owned by former NASCAR Xfinity series drivers Eric McClure and Hal Martin, announced Wednesday, Jan. 11 that they would be fielding a second automobile in the Pitt Lite 125 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 22 that will show McClure’s alma mater, Emory & Henry.
The logos of E&H will be placed on the hood and the TV Panel of the #39 Toyota Camry. WEHC 90.7, the logo for the college’s radio station, will be put on the quarter panels for the event.
McClure has always wanted to give back to E&H, but not small proportions. He wanted to give back in a big way. “To have the opportunity to represent Emory & Henry College and WEHC 90.7 FM in this capacity, with our race team on the national stage, is an extreme source of pride for me both professionally and personally,” said McClure in his press conference.
McClure didn’t stop there. He expressed more gratitude to the college, his degree, and his time at 90.7 WEHC for giving him his skills as a driver and team owner. “The college gave me so much and I’m honored to have the chance to give something back. I am hoping this campaign through 2017 is the start to ensuring the future of WEHC 90.7 for years to come,” McClure continued.
E&H fans and students will have the chance to purchase E&H racing gear at ww.ehc.edu/nascar. Fans and students will also have the opportunity to bid on several racing related items. All proceeds and purchases from the merchandise will be given to the college radio station.
Returning to drive the #39 E&H racecar will be Chad Finchum, who got the first win for the MMR racing team history in a dominating performance in last season’s Bristol event. Bristol, VA native Chris Carrier (father to 2015 E&H graduate Emily Carrier Dennison), who guided the team’s effort in each of the three victories in 2016, will oversee the effort for Finchum.
Dr. Keller, WEHC general manager and professor of Mass Communications, expressed how grateful and her gratitude to Eric. “As faculty members, we know the experience our students get with campus media advance careers, but Eric McClure set a new standard for how his degree and his experience at WEHC led to his success. I’m so proud of him and so grateful that he’s giving race proceeds for the continued operation of 90.7”
– Will Seidel