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June 12, 2013

RCR Crew Member Spotlight: Jason Hunt

Here's some information you might not have known about Jason Hunt, jackman of the No. 29 Sprint Cup Series team.

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Richard Childress Racing Crew Member Spotlight
Jason Hunt, No. 29 Sprint Cup Series Jackman

A sense of competition and team camaraderie is what drove Jason Hunt, jackman for the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Sprint Cup Series team, to the sport of NASCAR.

Hunt, a former fullback and linebacker for his high school football team, headed to Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. with the hopes of walking onto the college football team. Once on campus, the teenager realized just going to class and maintaining the social life of young college student was enough to keep him busy.

In 2004, the Greensboro, N.C. native began to feel like something was missing. He realized that something was the competition and camaraderie that came with being part of a team. Instead of turning back to football, Hunt contacted a longtime friend whose father worked for Hendrick Motorsports, in hopes of becoming a member of the team’s development NASCAR pit crew program.

Once accepted into the program, Hunt began to make the two-hour drive from Boone to Concord, N.C. twice a week for pit practice, all while going to school full time. Following a year and a half of twice-a-week practices, Hunt was offered the opportunity of a lifetime, a full-time position on the No. 44 Sprint Cup Series team working with driver Terry Labonte. Jumping at the opportunity to chase the dream, Hunt left school only 18 credit hours short of graduating with a degree in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration. 

During his time at Hendrick Motorsports, Hunt worked with drivers Labonte, Brian Vickers, Casey Mears and Mark Martin, before making the move to RCR to work with Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick.

Hunt still holds onto the goal of going back to college to obtain his diploma. He says the only thing he regrets is leaving school so close to getting his degree. “It would have been way easier to finish school at the time, than it is to try and go back now,” Hunt said. “Once I left college life happened. I got married, had a son and travel so much for work that it’s difficult to even think about going back now.”

An avid North Carolina State fan, Hunt plans to finish his education at NC State so he can graduate as part of the “Wolfpack.” Hunt currently resides in Concord, N.C. with his wife Melissa and son Noah.
 

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