“RIP Ryan”- Mourning NASCAR Community Joins Dale Jr’s Sister in Paying Homage to Veteran Crew Chief

Published 01/15/2024, 10:33 PM EST

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Breaking News: The NASCAR world is grieving the loss of veteran Ryan Pemberton, the former director and crew chief of JR Motorsports, who passed away just a day ago. The heart-wrenching news comes just a year after the Pemberton family faced the loss of Ryan’s brother Randy, a TV broadcaster, in 2022. Adding to their sorrow, the Pemberton family had also lost Ryan’s nephew Bray a year prior.

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Starting from being Larry Pearson’s crew chief and showcasing his talent early on by getting him two wins, Pemberton played a pivotal role as a director and a spare crew chief of JR Motorsports. And now that he has passed away, the whole NASCAR world is mourning his loss, including the former crew chief of Kevin Harvick.

Rodney Childers pays tribute to Ryan Pemberton

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Earlier, after Kelly Earnhardt Miller confirmed the passing away of the veteran team member by sharing a touching tribute to Ryan Pemberton, even Rodney Childers seems to have gotten chills because of the incident.

Childers wrote, “Incredibly sad to hear the news today.. I worked with Ryan a lot in my younger years and he was a huge part in me getting my first shot at crew chiefing at MB2. I always thought a lot of him, and his family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Andrea and the girls. RIP.. 🙏🏼.”

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During his decade at JR Motorsports as competition director, the team won three Xfinity Series championships in 2014, 2017, and 2018, amassing 58 victories. Until 2022, Pemberton served as JR Motorsports’ competition director and occasionally stepped in as a crew chief.

 

His passing has resonated throughout the racing world, with RFK Racing, Bob Pockrass, and numerous fans offering their heartfelt condolences for a very influential figure in NASCAR.

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NASCAR community mourns Ryan Pemberton

The NASCAR world is currently united in grief over Ryan Pemberton’s passing. RFK Racing shared a heartfelt message, saying, “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Ryan Pemberton’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”

Bob Pockrass, a well-known NASCAR journalist, reflected, “Veteran NASCAR crew chief Ryan Pemberton, who most recently was competition director at JR Motorsports, died yesterday at age 54. I always enjoyed our conversations in the garage. RIP.”

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NBC Sports’ Dustin Long summed up the sentiment: “#NASCAR community mourns passing of Ryan Pemberton.”

Fans also joined in with messages of sympathy. One wrote, “My sincerest thoughts and prayers for the family may he rest in peace and may the family find peace and comfort.”

Responding to Kelly Earnhardt Miller’s touching tribute, another fan shared, “So sorry for the loss and sending thoughts and prayers to his family. 🙏”

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Echoing these sentiments, another said, “So sorry . Rip. My thoughts & prayers are with the Pemberton family.🙏🙏🙏❤️” Other condolences poured in with messages like, “RIP Ryan and Condolences to his family and friends. 🙏,” and “Another member of Davey’s 28 team gone too soon,RIP Ryan🙏.”

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