NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure has been cleared to return to the racetrack, 46 days after a violent wreck at Talladega Superspeedway sent him to the hospital for two days.
McClure will compete in this weekend's Sargento 200 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., according to his Hefty Reynolds Wrap team's website. Jeff Green had substituted for McClure in the last five races and posted three top-20 finishes.
McClure's No. 14 Toyota Camry slammed into a SAFER barrier head-on at what seemed like full speed at Talladega. He was airlifted from the track and suffered a concussion and internal bruising, In an interview May 11, he couldn't remember much about the accident other than his brakes went out.
"I hit the brakes when I saw the smoke, and they just weren't there," McClure recalled. "It was a little bit of a heart-sinking feeling."
On the team's weekly release, McClure is quoted as saying, "I look forward to getting back, having some fun, and getting some positive results."