From All-American to All-Star: How Jeremy Kimbrough’s career took a turn for the better

“It showed me that no matter what the situation looks like, you always have a chance. It’s just all about staying consistent and staying on the right course.”

Jeremy Kimbrough, Kurt Busch pit crew member celebrates a win.
Jeremy Kimbrough, Kurt Busch pit crew member celebrates a win. (NBC Sports)

ROANOKE, Va. – With NASCAR comes speed, vision and durability of the drivers. But the same is true for those in the pits.

“I have to run out there fast and make sure I explode out and get back around the car because things can get pretty dicey out there with other vehicles around,” said Jeremy Kimbrough.

Kimbrough is a tire carrier for Kurt Busch’s crew at Chip Ganassi Racing. His career--all about being quick in the pits now-- but started out being quick on the football field.

Kimbrough was an All-American linebacker at Appalachian State.

“I was fourtunate enough to make it up to the NFL and play with the Washington Football Team. It didn’t turn out as long as I wanted it to,” said Kimbrough.

Jeremy Kimbrough in Washington's training camp in 2014 (WSLS)

He spent two seasons with the team before an injury took him away from the game--but drove him to the racetrack.

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 23: Linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough #47 of the Washington Redskins watches from the bench during a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images) (2014 Larry French)

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