From football pitches to road pits: Jaquan Bailey in a new spot on NASCAR –

After his career as a football player in Iowa turned to the USFL and the NFL stopped, Jaguan Billy He found a home. He’s on the NASCAR pit crew.

This may come as a shock, especially to those who followed Bailey’s football career that was waived in late August by the Philadelphia Eagles.

“When I broke up with Philadelphia, I had been off (Rev Racing) for about a year,” said Bailey. “(I started) in September and it took off from there. I signed with Carl Long The pit crew and I have been working with them ever since.”

NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity & Inclusion program, which partners with Rev Racing, has put 75 members through its pit crew program that can now be seen in action in the sport.

Oftentimes, former college football players are recruited, due to the athletic fitness needed for a NASCAR pit crew.

It’s part of the reason for that Phil Horton, Program Director for Sports Performance, he has been stuck with Billy recruiting for a long time.

Bailey started getting delegates in September, and just a month later, he was on a pit road with MBM Motorsports as the front tire carrier for the NASCAR Xfinity Series team.

“I was more anxious than I was nervous,” Bailey said. “It was more of me just trying to hone in on the moment and take advantage of the opportunity.”

Bailey’s coach told him he was one of the quickest people to go from entering the program to pitting the NASCAR stock car.

Despite the differences between the sports, Billy was able to adapt.

“In football, you are versus another guy,” Bailey said. “The guy can get tired and you can take advantage of that or his technique may stop and you can take advantage of it. Whereas in NASCAR, you are versus you. You already know the technique, but it just comes down to how consistent you are at each stop.”

Bailey relied on the things he was trained on in Iowa.

Fitness Trainer Matt Campbell The words often come to his mind during the training days leading up to the big races.

“Even during some of my days when I don’t necessarily feel like training, I think about what Matt Campbell told us that it’s easy to go out there and train when you feel good, but who you are when you don’t (feel good),” Bailey said. “Who are you when the storm comes and you are against everyone else.”

Today, two months after joining the show, Billy checks out the wall every week.

It’s just the latest achievement of the Jacksonville native who played for the most successful Iowa football team in the program’s history.

“Even with rethinking Matt Campbell (the Iowa State coach), he always told me that until the days back in playing ball, you always have to focus on your basics,” Bailey said. “You have to trust the process and eventually the process will come back to you.”

Bailey grew up in Florida and usually played soccer, but he heard about NASCAR.

“Jeff Gordon was my favorite car driver growing up,” Bailey said. “I remember growing up in Jacksonville, and the race was so big. I had always heard of Jeff Gordon.”

Bailey is hoping to train in the off-season, with his brother Joshua, who is also on the programme. In a few weeks, the pair plan to be working with NASCAR’s new NextGen single-lug tires in preparation for the 2023 racing season.

Billy will be back in action again during the final season finale of the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 13th MBM Motorsports car, which he drives Timmy Hill. The race can be watched on the USA Network with a start time of 5:00 PM.

“I don’t think I’ll go back (to football),” Bailey said. “I fell in love with racing so much.”

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