Fans reflect on loss of NASCAR driver Kevin Grubb

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

HANOVER, VA (NBC12) - Mechanicsville native Kevin Grubb was laid to rest Saturday afternoon.

The once up-and-coming NASCAR star was found dead Wednesday in a Henrico motel.

The medical examiner says the 31-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His funeral was held at Cool Springs Baptist Church in Mechanicsville.

Out of respect for the family, we kept our distance at the funeral, but spoke with several community members who knew Grubb.

They say their thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they cope with the loss.

"He was a good guy," said fan Chris Ardy. "He was always polite and well-spoken and fun to be around."

Ardy works at Lube Tech in Mechanicsville.

Over the years, he came to know Grubb pretty well.

"He used to come in here pretty regularly," he said. "We would change his oil and keep up with the maintenance on his Escalade which had a nice set of rims and on it."

The business is just down the street from where Grubb was laid to rest Saturday afternoon.

Speculation surrounds the tragic end to Grubb's life.

We know in 2006, his racing career was cut short due to allegations of substance abuse.

But, when he checked into the Alpine Hotel in Henrico this past Tuesday, the manager said he appeared to be in good spirits.

Leaving everyone sad and shocked.

"I feel sorry for the family and everything to lose a loved one and he was a young guy with a promising career you know," said Dee Miles.

Miles says he admired Grubb's down to earth nature despite his racing fame.

"If you see him you wouldn't have known that he was a NASCAR driver, because he was just like anybody else," said Miles.

Atlee High School alum Kevin Grubb and his entire family were well known in this community.

Even those who didn't know them personally knew of them.

"His brother being a NASCAR driver, and his dad, he's a legend too," said Ardy. "The whole family they are important to the community around here so we feel for them and definitely send out our condolences out to everyone in the Grubb family for sure."

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