RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Jeremy Kimbrough was an All-American linebacker at Appalachian State, transferring his college success into a chance to play in the NFL for Washington.
But an injury derailed those pro football dreams.
Kimbrough, though, quickly found a different passion through a friend: racing.
“He kind of just hit me up and said, ‘Hey, man, if you still want to go out and compete, NASCAR on pit road would be a good avenue for you,'” Kimbrough said.
So that’s what he did, joining NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Pit Crew program and landing a spot on Kurt Busch’s crew at Chip Ganassi Racing.
“I kind of just felt at home. I knew this was something I wanted to do,” Kimbrough, who is a tire carrier, said.
He got to celebrate in Victory Lane in Las Vegas two weekends ago as Busch clinched a spot in the Round of 8 of the playoffs.
“On that last lap, just hearing the spotter Tyler just saying, wrap three and four and drive away from it and grab the checkered, I couldn’t believe it,” Kimbrough said.
He’s also excited about the addition next season of a team co-owned by Chesterfield native Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.
“I think it is really good for the sport to have an African-American owner. It brings it up another notch having Michael Jordan in the NASCAR circuit,” Kimbrough said.