Thursday, May 7, 2009

R.I.P. Kevin Grubb Dead

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Back when I first began following racing in the 1990s, one of the many brother combinations I would see in the Busch Series races were the Grubbs -- Kevin and Wayne.

In eight seasons in the Nationwide series, Kevin Grubb ran 174 races, earned 10 top-5 finishes and had 32 top-10 runs, and earned 1 pole position. He was by no means a standout, but was a capable racecar driver living his dream in NASCAR, learning a living doing what he loved.

Then, sadly, drugs took over. He failed a substance abuse test in 2004 and was suspended by NASCAR. In 2006, back racing once again, he refused to take a drug test after a wreck at Richmond. That was the last time he raced.

Kevin Grubb was found dead Wednesday at the age of 31, in a motel near Richmond, Va. No cause of death has been announced and no foul play is suspected. But even though nothing has been said, I’d bet a few dollars that drugs are a likely culprit.

While I never knew Kevin, things like this are a good lesson and a good example of how fickle life can be. You can be a NASCAR driver racing for the fans one moment, and someone with a deadly habit the next.

My thoughts are with the Grubb family, who are no doubt struggling to deal with the loss of Kevin at such a young age.

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