Eric McClure Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 04: Eric McClure, driver of the #14 Hefty Ultimate/Reynolds Wrap Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

It looked like they had the perfect life, or at least an unverified Instagram account under the name of former NASCAR driver Eric McClure made it seem that way, showing happy times shared with his wife and kids in various pictures such as these.

Yet, looks can be deceiving, as Eric and his family seem to have hit a rough spot in their story. On Feb. 12, it was announced that the former driver and current regional series team owner had been arrested just one day earlier on a Class 1 misdemeanor charge of assault and battery, according to the clerk’s office of the Smyth County (Virginia) Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Various media reports detail that Eric was released “on an unsecured bond of $2,500, after being arrested at his home by the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office following an altercation between husband and wife, according to an affidavit filed with the court clerk.”


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He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 21.

At the same time that all of this was going down, Eric’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were deleted.

NASCAR fans will recall Eric’s work on the track, having made 288 career starts in the NASCAR Xfinity series from 2003 to 2016. They will also remember his horrifying wreck back in 2012 at Talledega, after which he was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

Eric and his wife, Miranda, have seven daughters ranging in age from 11 years old to just 11 months old.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Prior to Eric’s 2012 wreck, the family went through one of its scariest moments together when their Virginia home was damaged during a tornado in 2011. Luckily, the family was uninjured after taking cover in the basement.

In a sport where, as Rare Country has often covered, strong relationships and sturdy love stories are its backbone, this story is sure to rock the world of NASCAR as drivers such as Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick and Kyle Busch prepare to take the wheel as they race in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18.

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These are the same drivers who are often open to sharing their personal relationships with fans via social media. For example, couples such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and wife Amy, along with Jimmie Johnson and wife Shondra, have routinely showed up on pit road with their families in tow, showcasing those family values within the sport.

Everyone here at Rare Country sends their well wishes to Eric and his family in this challenging time. We hope things aren’t as they seem, but if they are, we hope everyone gets the help they need.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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