Meet the Crew

Micah Horton

Car Chief No. 11

Hometown: Mt. Holly, NC

With more than 11 years of experience, Micah Horton is bringing more than just his organizational skills to Kaulig Racing. So far, Horton has worked in the Truck Series, Cup Series, as well as the Xfinity Series. He was the Team Manager for Viva Motorsports for five years before moving to Car Chief for Corrie Stott. Horton also worked as the Crew Chief for Danny Efland. Horton loves NASCAR because of the traveling, and he’s excited to for his fourth season with Kaulig Racing.

Alex Yontz

Crew Chief No. 10

Hometown: Walnut Cove, NC

Alex Yontz is entering his 16th year in racing after getting his start in go kart racing at the age of six. He went on to race in several different series including legend cars, late models, the ASA National Series, ARCA Racing Series, and NASCAR Truck Series. His favorite memory is winning the Bailey’s 300 late model race at Martinsville Raceway. He joins Kaulig Racing after an extensive driving career, which will allow him to provide valuable insight to the setup of Kaulig Racing’s Chevrolet SS Camaros.

Jaron Antley

Car Chief No. 10

Hometown: West Monroe, LA

At 10-years-old, Jaron Antley was introduced to racing by helping his uncle at his local dirt track; that was the beginning of his racing future. Antley graduated from the NASCAR Technical Institute in 2010 and quickly began his career with the ARCA Racing Series for two years, before moving up to the Truck Series and now Xfinity Series. When he’s not at the track, he enjoys hunting, fishing and football.

Justin Cox

Purchasing Manager/Mechanic

Hometown: Randleman, NC

Justin Cox grew up in a racing household. He worked with Richard Petty Motorsports and attended college in Winston-Salem for racing. He then worked at Kevin Harvick Inc. for six years with time spent in the Xfinity and truck series. His positive relationship with vendors and organizational skills make him a great asset to Kaulig Racing.

Scott Simpson

Hauler Driver No. 11

Hometown: Wooster, Ohio

Scott Simpson has been driving big rigs in NASCAR for nearly 30 years. He got his start at a local dirt track and moved to NC in 1988 to work in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. His favorite memory is being a part of the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship team. When he’s not on the road, he enjoys camping and spending time with his grandkids.

Bryce Bratton

Bryce Bratton is new to Kaulig Racing in 2019. With a few years under his belt as a tire specialist in a lower series, Bratton was a natural fit upon joining Kaulig Racing. 

Byron Daley

Engineer No. 10

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Growing up in NYC, NASCAR was something cool that Byron saw on TV.  This led him to move to Charlotte, N.C. and pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  Since graduating Byron has been working in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the past four seasons. When he’s not on the road he enjoys mountain biking, Sim Racing, Go Karting and working out at the gym.

James Houk

James Houk is a seasoned NASCAR mechanic, fabricator and pit crew member. Joining Kaulig Racing in 2018 as a member of the No. 11 pit crew, Houk was called upon to fill a full-time fabricator roll in 2019. 

Lennie Chandler

Shop Foreman

With more than 20 years of experience, Lennie Chandler has invaluable industry knowledge. Chandler has worked with truck teams for 10 years before moving to Kevin Harvick Inc. for seven years. His favorite memory is winning at Daytona. When he’s not working on racecars, he enjoys fishing. Chandler loves the competitiveness of NASCAR and is an integral part of Kaulig Racing’s success.

Donald Colwell

Mechanic/Fabricator

Donald Colwell has worked in racing for more than 20 years. His father worked for Richard Petty, which is also how Colwell got his start in the sport. Colwell worked at Richard Petty Motorsports for four years before moving on to Kevin Harvick Inc. for six years. Colwell loves NASCAR because he loves traveling and meeting new people. His ultimate goal for Kaulig Racing is to put out good race cars and to win!

Chad Rainey

Fabricator

Chad Rainey started his NASCAR career in 1996. Before working in racing, Rainey attended the University of Michigan and studied flight, before serving in the U.S. Army for seven and a half years. He began working on a late model before joining the NASCAR world. In the past 20 years, Rainey has worked for Roush, Kevin Harvick Inc., Turner, Red Horse Racing and so many more. He was on the road for 17 years before securing an in-shop position at Kaulig Racing.

David Salerno

Interior Mechanic

David Salerno originally obtained a degree in Marine Biology and was working at an aquarium before finding his true passion with NASCAR in 1998. He worked for Bill Davis for 10 years before becoming a stay-at-home dad to his two children. Knowing his passion is racing, he joined the Kaulig Racing team in 2016. When he’s not working on racecars, he enjoys camping, being outdoors with his family and riding his motorcycle.

Jason “Scotty” Williamson

Suspension/Mechanic

Hometown: Hickory, NC

Scotty Williamson’s racing career began in 1994. Since then, he’s worked with an array of NASCAR series teams including, the truck series and Circle Track. His favorite racing memory is having Dale Earnhardt drive a late model he once worked on. He brings over 20 years of passion and pride to the Kaulig Racing team as well as knowledge that will help shape Kaulig Racing’s future.

Joseph Cruz Gonzalez

Underneath Mechanic

Hometown: Yadkinville, NC

A 15-year veteran in the NASCAR garage, Joseph knew that he wanted to work in racing at an early age. Attending races at North Wilksboro Speedway and Bowman Gray Stadium as a kid, his most favorite racing moment to-date is kissing the bricks at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. When not traveling on the road with the No. 10 team, Joseph enjoys hanging at home on his farm with his wife and dogs.

Jackson Ward

Engineer No. 11

Hometown: Soddy Daisy, TN

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State, Jackson grew up racing motorcycles. Knowing that NASCAR would be a good fit upon graduating, Jackson is in his first year on the road as a NASCAR engineer. When he’s not on the road Jackson enjoys riding his motorcycles.

Troy Phillips

Front-end Mechanic. No. 11

Hometown: Pasadena, TX 

A 20+ year road veteran, Troy grew up going to Battle Grounds Speedway and that is where he got the itch to try his hand in NASCAR. When he’s not on the road, Troy enjoys going to car shows with his grandpa’s 64 ½ Mustang.

Taylor Gartland

IT Specialist

Bloomington, MN

Taylor has been in the NASCAR garage for the past four years. He grew up going to Elko Speedway in Minnesota and Wake County Speedway with his father. When not working in the shop at Kaulig Racing, Taylor enjoys going out on the lake, shooting and rebuilding classic cars.

James Triplett

Facilities Specialist

Hometown: Lexington, NC.

Growing up in North Carolina, working in the racing industry has been something that he has always wanted to do. James grew up attending races at THE Bowman Gray Stadium and his father was known for being a great Car Chief and set-up guy around the garage there. When he’s not holding down the fort at Kaulig Racing, James enjoys hanging with friends, playing video games and reading-up on the racing industry.

Troy Lankford

Tire Specialist No. 10

Hometown: Welcome, NC

Troy is Carolina born and raised, he is in his second season with Kaulig Racing. Growing up Troy would watch NASCAR races on TV and attend races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, that is where he got the “itch” to work in racing. When Troy is not traveling with the No. 10 team he enjoys fishing and riding his motorcycle.

Tim Sanders

Mechanic No. 11

Hometown: New Berry, SC

A four-year Marine veteran, Tim grew up going to New Berry Speedway watching his uncle race. A 20-year veteran, Tim has worked in all three of NASCAR’s premier series. When he’s not traveling on the road, he enjoys riding horses with his wife.