Meet the Crew

Micah Horton

Car Chief

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, and 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 join Kaulig Racing for a second season in sight of a 2017 championship!

Alex Yontz

Shock/Spring Engineer

Hometown: Walnut Cove, NC

Alex Yontz is entering his 15th 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 the No. 11 Camaro.

Nathan Roberts

Engineer

Nathan Roberts is entering his fourth year in NASCAR, but has been involved in racing his entire life. He started out racing go-karts and working out of his father’s automotive repair shop, where he learned to build his own race engines and work on cars. As a driver, he got his first win at a small track near his hometown in Louisiana. He says he was sick as a dog but learned how to persevere and focus to win the race no matter what obstacles were thrown his way. Roberts is a graduate of Louisiana State University’s School of Mechanical Engineering. His experience in driving and as an engineer in the NASCAR XFINITY Series make him an important asset to the No. 11 team.

Jaron Antley

Mechanic

Hometown: West Monroe, LA

At 10 years old, Jaron Antley was introduced to racing by helping his uncle at the dirt track. That was the beginning of his NASCAR 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. When he’s not at the track, he enjoys hunting, fishing and football.

Justin Cox

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 the No. 11 team.

Kevin Gately

Mechanic

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Kevin Gately started working in the racing industry in 1997 with the Slim Jim Series. Since then, he’s worked with in all three of NASCAR’s national series.  Gately loves the NASCAR community and the excitement the fans bring. He is coming back to Kaulig Racing for a second season, bringing priceless knowledge and the drive to win. When he’s not at the track, Gately enjoys fishing and hiking.

Stephen Appell

Tire Specialist

Hometown: Downey, CA

Stephen Appell has worked in NASCAR for three years but has been attending races since the age of 10. Appell and his father used to attend races at their home track of Irwindale Speedway in California. He also is a former driver, with his favorite memory being his first super late model race in August of 2010. With a degree in sports management from Hope International University, Appell brings a well-rounded perspective on racing to Kaulig Racing.

Scott Simpson

Hauler Driver

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 int he 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.

Richard Vrendenburg

Hauler Driver

Hometown: Oneida, NY

Richard Vrendenburg, Hauler Driver for Kaulig Racing, has an impressive background rooted in motorsports. From 1994 to 2008, Richard worked as a jackman and gas man for a variety of big-name teams such as Hendrick Motorsports. Richard has worked with several different drivers like Ricky Rudd, Joe Bessey, Harry Scott, and Ben Rhodes, spanning across the truck, XFINITY and Cup series. What attracted Richard to Kaulig Racing was Team Owner Matt Kaulig’s positive attitude and outlook. He also enjoys the camaraderie between the crew members. When Richard isn’t busy driving the LeafFilter Racing hauler across the country, Richard enjoys hanging out with his girlfriend, Jill, trying out new Mexican restaurants and grilling in his backyard.

Kyle Cox

Body Shop Manager

Working in the racing industry since 2010, Kyle Cox has shown he’s a valuable asset in the NASCAR world. With experience working for Kevin Harvick Inc., JDM Motorsports and THS, he’s developed versatile skills that are important to the race team. He says that 2016 provided one of his favorite racing memories as he helped Kaulig Racing achieve a seventh-place finish in the 2016 NXS Championship standings. In his free time, he enjoys hunting and fishing.

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 the next six. 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 Rangers 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’s been on the road for 17 years and will brings invaluable experience to the Kaulig Racing team.

Ethan Tingler

Front Tire Changer

Hometown: Radford, Virgina

Ethan Tingler got involved in racing through friends, who encouraged him to seek out opportunities on a NASCAR pit crew. Tingler is a former college lacrosse player for Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he studied exercise science. His favorite racing memory is his first win as a team member at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in Canada. When he’s not at the track, he enjoys bowling and watching football.

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 career began in 1994. Since then, he’s worked with an array of NASCAR series 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.

Andy Shahan

Rear Tire Carrier

Hometown: Mascot, TN

Andy Shahan got his start in NASCAR while attending college in N.C.  A friend who worked for a NASCAR team introduced him to racing and he was hooked. His favorite racing memory so far is winning the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. When he’s not at the track he enjoys spending time with his wife, Andrea and daughter, Madalynne.

Doug Warrick

Gas Man

Hometown: Hamilton, NJ

Doug Warrick was asked to try out for a NASCAR pit crew after graduating from Elon University. He played football at Elon for four years before graduating with a degree in sport and event management.  His favorite racing memory is winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Road America in 2016.  In his spare time, he enjoys car restoration.

Ron Jones

Engine Tuner

Hometown: Roanoke Rapids, NC

Ron has worked in NASCAR for over 22 years, getting his start at local tracks near his hometown and working his way up in the NASCAR ranks building race motors. His favorite racing memories are winning at Daytona in July 2009 and February 2013. His hobbies include watching tv and collecting guns.

Greg Powell

Front Tire Carrier

Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland

Greg Powell’s background is in extreme sports. As the cousin of extreme stunt competitor, racer and former NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Travis Pastrana, Powell’s interest in NASCAR stems from his family’s involvement. Before joining the NASCAR ranks, Powell served as a stunt competitor in Nitro Circus, an “action sport collective,” led by Pastrana. Powell and other athletes traveled around the world riding dirtbikes, base jumping and performing stunts for fans. Powell patented the “special flip” on a BMX bike as his signature trick. An all-around athlete, Powell was a wide receiver on the University of Maryland football team from 2003-2006, where he earned his Masters of Science in Kinesiology. In his spare time, Powell enjoys participating in CrossFit.