Eric McClure released from hospital

CONCORD, N.C. -- Eric McClure was released from an Alabama hospital on Monday evening after what his sister described as a concussion and mild internal bruising from Saturday's horrific Nationwide Series crash at Talladega Superspeedway.

Emily Brandt, who also handles McClure's public relations, said her brother's status for Friday night's race at Darlington Raceway remains up in the air.

It is NASCAR's policy that a driver that receives a concussion must be cleared by a neurosurgeon with at least five years of experience with sports-related head injuries before being allowed back in the car. In some sports leagues the athlete must wait at least seven days before returning to action.

There will be only six days between Saturday's crash and Friday's race.

Brandt said McClure will meet with a specialist on Tuesday or Wednesday to determine his status. He is scheduled to hold a press conference on Friday at Darlington.

"He's sore and just needs to rest a few days and be with his family and go to his doctor appointments,'' Brandt said.

After his release McClure was driven back to his Chilhowie, Va., home by his father, who has been with him at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center since the accident.

McClure hit an inside retaining wall at nearly full speed during a late-race multi-car accident. NASCAR officials still are investigating with the team to see if they can determine the velocity of the impact.

Brandt, who was at the track when the accident occurred, said the past few days have been an "emotional rollercoaster'' for the entire family.

"For me it's just been a whirlwind in terms of handling the PR side of it, but also dealing with the situation personally,'' she said.

The good news, Brandt said, is her brother is expected to have a full recovery.