Pit Crews and Support Staff
Pit Crew Team Members
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David Deford James "Jake" Jacobson David Hill Leo J. Kryger Jayne Hallay
Spotter Pit Crew Pit Crew Pit Crew/Photographer Photographer
Terry Strange Jeff Smith Rush McGrady Jeff Bochy Dennis Lowery
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James "Jake" Jacobson

I'm retired from many years in the lumber business but have been following racing for years. I've been with James Hylton for several years and was glad to see Brad come on board. I do what ever is needed on any given race day. Gas the car, jack the car , and catch can. It's a pleasure working with Brad.

Robert "Bob" Weenink

I'm the owner and sole employee of Copraya Web supporting Brad Smith Motorsports since 2005.I spent 8 years active duty Navy in the late '60s/early '70s followed by 22 years in the Navy Reserve. In 2001 I retired from the Navy as a Commander. Spent 27 years at Ford as a Design Engineer, mostly in Ford Truck. After retiring from Ford I spent time at Dana as an Applications Engineer finally retiring from the work force in 2014 (I think). When I lived a mile north of MIS I did a 1 race crew member at MIS as a Flag Man. I have a lot of respect for the rest of the team. Growing tired of the cold and snow, I now reside in Cape Coral, FL.

Mike Niebrzydowski

I've had an interest in racing since his teens.  I've been involved with street stocks, super late models and figure 8 's for 15 years.  I look forward to being part of Brad Smith's Arca team.

"Uncle Buck" Hinkle


I'm a retired Hoosier, filling BUCKET LIST.  I've been trying to help Brad for years.

Dave Deford

I'm a CPA currently working as a contractor.
I got my start in ARCA as a sponsor.
I've been a race fan since my teenage years and got joined Chuck Weber's crew in 1999.
I've been with Brad since about 2001, first as the fueler and currently as his spotter.

Dave Hill

I live in South Haven, MI.  I joined the pit crew on a part-time basis, after getting a little experience with the team during the 2010 season.  My interest in racing was developed on the local short-tracks in Kalamazoo and Hartford, MI.

Lloyd Little

I'm currently employed at General Motors as an assembler.  I've have various racing experience, ranging from top fuel dragsters to racing USAC and World of Outlaw sprint cars.  Before working with Brad, I worked with the racing legend Kalitta Motorsports as a crew member and have driven everything from late model stock cars to sprint cars.

Terry Strange
I have been around racing since early '60s.  My dad raced some, then I started hanging around NASCAR shops of G.C. Spencer, James Hylton in '65/'66.  Worked first NASCAR race at Darlington, September,'72.  Have been steady with James since then, as fabricator, chassis man, body hanger, engine man, truck driver, floor sweeper, crew chief, you name it.  Acted as NASCAR crew chief from May of '86, and have maintained that role in ARCA at all races I attend. After spending 4 years in the USAF in the early '70s, I have worked full time for Mitsubishi Polyester Films, in Greer, S.C. Since 1977.  I've been married to my wife Sheila for 37 years, and have a son, Jordan.

Rush McGrady

I currently work part-time for a mechanical contractor as their network and payroll manager. I live in N.J. but grew up in N.C. around racing. Have been involved in racing for some 20 years and still enjoy being a tire changer, tire carrier and most recently a spotter.

Leo J. Kryger

I have worked at Verizon for 26 years; currently held position is as an Area Manager in the NYC footprint. Growing up, every weekend I was visiting the NJ Dirt Tracks circuit as my father was a mechanic, engine builder, for a team. Always had a dream of someday driving, or working with a race team. July 2012 this dream came true when I was asked to take pictures for the Hylton Motorsports team. To this day, I am the annoying pest trying to chronicle each weekend I work with them and on race day serve as the gasman over the wall. It is a pleasure/honor to be working with James and Brad, and see good coming out of this partnership in the future.

Ken Moody

I started to assist James Hylton Motorsports as a spotter in 2013. Since then I have also assisted Darrell Basham Racing as a tire carrier.

Ryan Moody

I started with John Carter Racing in 2008 assisting Sprint Cup efforts of Bill Elliott, Boris Said and Terry Labonte. While with JCR I provided race day support during Nationwide events with Joe Nemechek and Patrick Carpentier. In 2009 JCR aligned me with Hylton Motorsports, where I have remained since. I have worked as a Fueler, Tire Carrier and Spotter.

Jeffrey Bochey

I have been working in racing since 1998.
I work with the mechanical end of the car and change tires or whatever else is needed on pit road on race day.
I am an Auto and Truck mechanic in the real world.
I have been helping James' team since 2010 & Brad since he became the driver after his and James' teams merged assets.
Kevin Schwarze
I served in the Navy, mid to late 1980's USS Saratoga. I studied at the Specs Howard School of Media Arts and was able to bring my passion for auto racing to another level. Debuting at the age of 15 in 1983 with a national racing paper, I finally started my own by publishing what was called “super Cars Today” in 1991, which covered solely the ARCA Racing Series. I was publisher, writer, layout designer, and “head bottle washer”. It was during that time I met Brad. With the age of the internet, it was time to move on from weekly print but I wrote two books: one on Midwest racing hero Joy Fair and another of NASCAR Legend Richard Petty. After freelancing as a photographer for some years, I became the Media Coordinator for the ARCA Truck Series in 2010 and held that position until the series folded in 2016. I teamed up with Brad at the end of 2017. I am also currently working on a book about the ARCA Truck Series. By day, I own my own courier service called “Door 2 Door Delivery”, servicing law firms in the Metro Detroit area. I'm happily married to Sandy and have three children and two grandchildren.