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Former Virginia Tech LB Dax Hollifield joins NASCAR pit crew
After five seasons at linebacker for the Virginia Tech Hokies, Dax Hollifield has transitioned from Saturday’s on the gridiron to Sunday’s on the race track. (Credit: Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Virginia Tech LB Dax Hollifield joins NASCAR pit crew

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BVM) – Dax Hollifield, a former Virginia Tech linebacker who played for the Hokies from 2018-2022, has gone from patrolling the gridiron to patrolling NASCAR pit stops. On Wednesday, Hollifield revealed in a series of social media posts that he began his new career as a jack man for Hendrick Motorsports of the NASCAR Cup Series.

His first action came during the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this past weekend. Though he’s signed with Hendrick Motorsports, Hollifield worked with the pit crew for Ty Dillon’s No. 77 Spire Motorsports car thanks to an agreement between the two teams regarding new pit crew members.

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Hollifield was one of the most well-known players during his time in Blacksburg. Over the course of five seasons, the linebacker recorded 355 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 14 pass deflections, 12 sacks, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 60 games with 48 starts. He was named All-ACC honorable mention in 2021, was awarded the Defender of the Nation from the Charlotte Touchdown Club in 2022 and finished his Hokies career ranked fourth all-time on the career tackles list. 

After declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft, Hollifield went unselected during the event. However, he did earn an opportunity to try out for the Jacksonville Jaguars shortly after the draft. Unfortunately, he did not stick on with the squad.

Given the high-speed, competitive nature of a pit stop, it comes as no surprise that more and more football players have transitioned from the field into the pit crews of NASCAR. Hollifield’s experience will help him in his position as a jack man as he is responsible for propping up the car. Thanks to his time spent training in the Virginia Tech weight room and adding muscle to his 6-foot-1, 245-pound frame, Hollifield is well positioned to excel in his new career.

Though it remains to be seen how long Hollifield will continue to work on NASCAR pit crews, he will still be able to enjoy the competition and adrenaline associated with high-octane sports. Given his success with the Hokies, expect only the best from Hollifield in his new endeavor on the race track.