Retired Drivers Profiles
Retired Drivers Or Drivers Taking A Sabbatical
Rob Connors #01
Rob ConnorsTeam: RCR Number: 01 Sponsor: Budweiser Hometown: Daytona, FL Birthday: 1956
Josh Mayeu #02
Team: Art of Fast Motorsports
Sponsor: Harley Davidson
Hometown: North Rose, NY
Birth year: 1980
Josh started Racing at the young age of 5 years old in what are called Microds. Racing Go Cart with suspension and roll cage. He was named Driver Of the Year in 1995 and 1997. Won the State Championship and Track Championship in 1997.
Moved up to 600 Micro Sprints where Josh is currently racing and has 12 feature wins and 1 Championship.
He started Sim Racing back on PS3 with NASCAR Heat. Switched to iRacing about 4 years ago and has never looked back. Josh says he is a patiently aggressive driver that will give you a run for your money.
#08 – Kent Connolly
Team: Revved Up Racing
Sponsor: Alabama Crimson Tide - Roll Tide
Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
Birth year: 1962
Kent is the owner of Revved Up Racing League, in iRacing.
He has been racing online in Sim Racing since the NASCAR 99 days, a very long time ago and has been hooked ever since. Kent loves racing, playing hockey and rocket league on the PS4.
Kent works for Walmart as a Dairy Manager. He has been doing retail for almost 38 years. In his spare time Kent likes playing golf, basketball and especially spending time with his 25 year old son. Kent loves playing tennis with him, where he can still occasionally beat from time to time.
If you haven't figured Kent out by now, he is all about respect on and off the track.
Brian Mansfield #1
Team: Mansfield Motorsports
Sponsor: Combs Family Museum
Hometown: Odum, GA
Birth year: 1979
Brian grew up being involved in many forms of motorsports including truck pulling, dirt late models, dirt street stocks, and go karts. From just after birth Brian’s father had him at the race tracks and it has been in his blood ever since.
In 1994 he would begin to race go karts on the local level eventually working his way him to the state and national level. Some of his greatest accomplishments are winning the Florida State Championship and also finishing 3rd at World Karting Association Dirt World Championships.
He would eventually step away from the driver seat and begin learning the behind the scenes aspects of the business and started flagging races at local dirt tracks in 2003 then becoming race director for different tracks and series then from there he would find what he really enjoyed and that is announcing.
In 2006 he would start a traveling dirt kart racing series that traveled throughout Florida and Georgia while also having a series in Missouri he operated. During this time he was also the lead announcer for the World Karting Association National Dirt Series. Brian has also worked for Atlanta Motor Speedway on the safety/track clean up team for NASCAR.
Due to health reasons Brian had step away from motorsports in 2015 but recently found a way to announce again while staying closer to home by being hired by a professional wrestling organization as the ring announcer.
On his free time Brian enjoys time with his two children and also volunteering in his community and mentoring children and teenagers.
Raymond Casteel #2
#6 – William Fletcher
Team: Atlas World outlaws
Sponsor: Hardees / Navy
started hanging out at evergreen speedway in1975 raced karts , northwest tour , 1/10th 1/8th rc, figure eight, not in that order , raised a daughter by myself also , i will over time update me bio!
Robert Vining #6
#8 – Chris Scales
Sponsor: Star Wars
Bio Coming Soon
Rick Mason #18
Jimmy Todd #20
Ray Caton #20
Driver: Raymond Caton
Team: Raygun Racing
Sponsor: GadsdenArms and American Tactical
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Birthday: December 25th, 1945
Facebook: Ray Caton
Ray served in the USMC from 1965 to 1968. He also served as a City of Rochester Firefighter from 1971 to 1991.
As a retired as a Fire Lieutenant, owner and operator of a firearms and sporting goods business from 1970 to 1996 and a gunsmith from 1967 to present, Ray still works three days a week gunsmithing at Amchar wholesale Inc.
He loves IRacing, hunting, fishing, competitive shooting and 4 wheeling.
Ray has five sons and 9 grandchildren that keep him busy.
Mike Grayson #21
#19 – Ray Smith
Team: Ecurie Nouvelle Ecosse
Hometown: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Birth year: July 23, 1956
I was born in Montreal, Quebec and have lived in Winnipeg and then Dartmouth.
Spent most of my working years as Parts Manager in Motorcycle and Auto dealerships. Currently self employed as a courier and independent Amsoil dealer.
Have been a fan of any kind of motor racing for ever.
Started racing slot cars competitively back in the mid to late 1960\'s. Graduated to Motorcycle road racing in 1974 and competed throughout Eastern Canada and the U.S. for the next decade.
Having a family brought about a new generation of racing as my daughter became a two time Nova Scotia Soap Box Derby Champion.
Can\'t remember what the first sim racing game I played was but it used the arrow keys on a keyboard. Through the years played Nascar 1999, 2003, Grand Prix Legends and Gran Turismo. Joined Iracing in 2015 and haven\'t looked back.
Found the OBRL in 2019 and will stay because of the great racing and people here
Jason Schrader #22
Mike Franklin #25
Ed Carpenter Jr #29
Bradley Ray #30
Driver: Bradley Ray
Team: Patriot Racing
Sponsor: Lumber Liquidators
Hometown: McAdoo, PA
Birthday: December 16, 1969
Brad has been sim racing for a number of years. He enjoys clean competition and a good group of like minded people. OBRL has fit the bill for him from the beginning.
Looking forward to improving his race-craft and enjoyment level.
Dan DeNayer #30
#31 – Bobby McCormick
Bobby McCormickTeam: BMC Motorsports Number: 31 Sponsor: General Mills Hometown: Hope Mills, NC Birth year: 1958
Brian Gavin #33
Billy Wise #34
Brittanicus Crawford #34
Sponsor: Raybestos Brakes
Bio coming soon
#33 – Jeff Porras
Team: Poor-Ass Racing
Sponsor: Hawaiian Tropic
Hometown: Arroyo Grande, CA
Birth year: 1975
I have been lucky enough in my life to have worked in Nascar, NHRA Pro Stock and Indy Car teams. Now I work a kind of normal job and my new racing love is iRacing and the OBRL!! I also love to play Disc Golf in my spare time as well as spend time with the family!! The link I posted is to The iRacers Lounge Aftermath Podcast that so graciously had me on and I talked about my storied past. Feel free to check it out.
#35 – Jim Westerfield
Team: Wolfpack Motorsports
Sponsor: Villaloboes Rescue Center
Hometown: Berrien Springs MI
Birth year: 1984
Jim has been a race fan for as long as he can remember. He has raced on consoles for over 5 years and finally stepped up and got into iRacing. Jim discovered right away that he wish he had went to it a long time ago. He is a clean racer who loves good hard, clean racing.
Dean Ayer #39
Bob Wells #38
#41 – Joe Hanson-Gates
Team: FL398 Motorsports
Hometown: Snohomish, WA
Joe is a retired Air Force pilot and currently works as an Airbus Instructor Captain for a major airline. He is a relative newcomer to iRacing and NASCAR in general but not to racing simulations having started with Geoff Cramond’s Formula One in 1992, and Papyrus’ IndyCar and NASCAR.
Joe was a dedicated track rat, doing High Performance Driver Education with the Porsche Club of America and the BMW Car Club. Having been forcibly retired from the track by his wife, he purchased a computer and downloaded iRacing to get his racing fix. He joined the OBRL and has enjoyed the camaraderie, the organization, the clean racing and the respect amongst the drivers.
When he’s not racing, Joe’s other hobbies include traveling, golf, watching sports, and bonsai.
Kevin Pearson #41
Driver: Kevin Pearson
Team: Steel Horse Racing
Sponsor: Mother's Brewing Company
Hometown: Fair Grove, MO
Birthday: January 5, 1970
Kevin has been a NASCAR fan since he was a kid. He started sim racing in the late 1990s with NASCAR Racing 3.
After taking a few years off, Kevin A Professional ARCA Stock Car Driver, returned to sim racing with iRacing in 2012. He has been participating in mostly league racing over the past several years.
Kevin enjoys racing others of a similar skill level and battling with those on the track that have the skills to race everyone clean.
#42 – Ed Adams
Ed AdamsNickname: "Larson" Team: Adams Racing Number: 42 Sponsor: Credit One Bank Hometown: Plattsburg, NY Birth year: 1975
- 2019 OBRL - NASCAR Truck Series S3 Champion *
Patrick Cordell #43
Bio coming soon
#42 – Todd Bosworth
Team: ThrowBack Racing
Sponsor: Texaco Havoline
Hometown: West Jordan, Utah
Birth year: 1968
Todd has been an avid Nascar fan for over 25 years He was born in Keene NH, and as a child moved to Utah.
He is currently residing in West Jordan with his wife of 33 years and watched his 2 children grow into adults.He has been a plumber for over 23 years.
He dabbled in SIM racing starting with the Indianapoulis 500 game and Nascar racing 2. He has found IRacing a little over a year ago and joined the OBRL almost a year ago and enjoys the camaraderie with his fellow drivers.
He enjoys golf, skiing, basketball and being in the mountains.
Team: Half Fast Racing
Sponsor: Slim Jim
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Birth year: 1947
Retired QA Manager, CNC programmer, Sales Exec., Mfg supervisor and a hobby store clerk. Niels was a shock technician for US Koni. Niels hand-built shocks on the Mark Donohue’s Indy 500 winning car in 1972. He also served in the US Army from 1967-1969.
Niels also is an avid motor racing enthusiast, since his dad took him to an indoor TQ Midget race in 1959. He tried racing motorcycles in the early 60’s and found out that he was better suited for racing model cars. In the 60's he discovered slot car racing and won a local “Car Model Magazine” Championship. Became a big fan of F1 and SCCA. He and his Dad went camping at Watkins Glen to watch car & bike racing in the late 50's. Also loves short track racing at Sandusky,
Cloverleaf in Cleveland, Oh, Wall Stadium, Orange County, Syracuse and others in the NY area. They all offered the noise and smells on Saturday nights. I went to Nassau, Bahamas Speed Weeks twice in the early 60’s too. Raced 1/10 scale and Quarter Scale RC cars.
His first sim-racing was on a Commodore 64, the motorcycle game called “Speed King”. Then on to Grand Prix Legends, CART, and GT Legends were favorites. I joined iRacing in 2011 & OBRL in 2014.
David Gallion #45
Michael Knoll #49
Tim Matthews #54
Scott Schnabel #55
#52 – Carl Burk
Team: VSM Racing
Sponsor: Outdoor Cast Iron Cooking...JRM Racing Motors
Birth year: 1957
been involved in racing of some sort since 1970..raced bikes..late models ..super fours..sprint cars and mini indys..until early 90s raced in all western states and Canada. I started online racing in 1993 I believe and was involved with the first online system ran by Sierra/Papyrus called the Hawaii network and was over dial up long distance. been running on IRacing for 11 years or so and usually only run leagues now not much official ad have been looking for a good league which I have found here!..really enjoy the racing but will have to change my strategy because cant rely on cautions to pit here lol
Bill Rigdon #59
Dale Dailey #60
#59 – James Willis
Team Name: J-Will Racing
Sponsor: Carolina Panthers
Home Town: Savannah, GA
Birth year: 1976
James' first NASCAR race in person was the '79 Southern 500. Being from NC originally he went to many May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 80s & 90s.
After his 4 years in the Marine Corps James moved south. First to Charleston, SC then on to Savannah, GA.
James has been a DJ for over 20 years and is always working the weekends. Due to weekend availability James tends to focus on the Trucks but he also runs ARCA when he can and may start racing Xfinity when he can as well.
#63 – Gary Wolboldt
Bio Coming Soon
#64 – Kel Butler
Team: Sierra Express
Sponsor: MTN DEW
Hometown: Minden, NV
Birth year: 1964
Kel is an IT Technician for UBEO West. He spent much of the 80's and early 90's building and selling personalized PC's that would beat any store bought product both in price and performance. When the 'Big Box' store boom made it difficult to compete, he gave it up.
Kel sings and plays bass in a band he started with his drummer brother, 'Sierra Express'. They have entertained in the Northern Nevada / Lake Tahoe area for over 25 years.
A brain cancer diagnosis for his brother brought the music train to a screeching halt. "I just can't see myself playing music with anyone else."
Kel is new to iRacing in 2020 out of shear boredom, and has dove in completely. With a Trackracer TR80 rig, triple monitors, and always looking for the next upgrade.
"I may not win, but I sure have a lot of fun running. I think OBRL is the place for me."
#68 – Tim Kennedy
Tim KennedyTeam: Lone Wolf Racng Number: #68 Sponsor: Gm Goodwrench / Wrangler Hometown: Fairview Park, OH Birth year: 1970
#71 – Gael Brooks
Sponsor: Taco Town
Bio Coming soon
#72 – Travis Rogers
Team: Throw Back Racing
Sponsor: University of Louisville
Hometown: Louisville KY
Birth year: 1970
- I own my own construction company in Louisville. Been racing since Papyrus days. Started out in the Tech Racing league. Also ran NTR for quite a few years. Also ran many in person race with Toledo sim racing. Took time off to raise my boys with my SMOKIN HOT wife. Have four boys 30, 27 ,24, 22.
Now that they are grown it was time to get back to racing. My 24 year old got me going again in May of 2020. Really enjoyed racing again. Then last fall someone pretty sure Mike Schrader invited me to join the Old Bastards.
Now finishing up my first year. It has been the best racing I’ve been involved with. Looking forward to the years to come.
Jon Waters #76
Ted Quincel #84
#79 – Edwin Post
Team: EJ Motorsports
Sponsor: Jack Daniels
Hometown: Kenai, Alaska
Birth year: 1954
I am retired Oilfield Trash. I worked O&G Pressure Pumping Services for 37-years, all for the same company, BJ Services. I held many technical & operations positions starting in Galveston, TX moving to Anchorage, AK then Rock Springs, WY and then back to Kenai, AK. I survived many downturns in Oil & Gas but then laid off in 2015. Finished my career with an awesome company Swagelok.
I’ve always been a NASCAR fan. I remember watching races on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. It took forever but I went to my first race in Las Vegas 2000. So far in retirement I’ve attended the Atlanta race 2019 and a bucket list race the 2020 Daytona 500.
I got started in iRacing April 2020 after watching a couple of the NASCAR Covid iRacing races. "I’m really glad I found the OBRL! Like others I prefer OBRL racing over official iRacing races. I continue to learn “Race-Craft” skills. My pace might be a bit slower but others respect me as I respect them ... and that’s one reason I stick with it!"
#86 – Michael McDonald
Michael McDonaldNumber: 86 Sponsor: Bissett Appliance Repair-Allen Motor Sports Hometown: Battle Creek Birth year: 1968
#88 – Gary Corbett
Sponsor: Hot Wheels
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Birth year: 1958
Gary Has been a lifelong fan of motorsports. He always planned on getting into some form of auto racing as a hobby.
While on a "forced vacation" from his work as a professional musician, he discovered iRacing and was hooked immediately. The first league he joined was the OBRL and he is still racing there because "it is some of the best racing he has found on the iRacing service".
Joey Geiser #89
Paul M Smith #97
Wes Davis #98
Team: Davis Motorsports
Hometown: Kennesaw, GA
Birth year: 1981
Been a sports and racing fan since I could walk. Grew up on the Football & Baseball fields. Played Football for 3 years at The University of Alabama in college. Graduated in 2004 from The University of Georgia with a degree in Agronomy and Turf Grass.
Former superintendent in the golf course industry with the PGA Tour TPC @ Sawgrass Ponte Vedra Beach , FL
Build and race street drag Mustangs. Started sim racing in 2013 and fell in love with it.
#90 – Kevin Adamson
Team: Canadian Tire Racing
Sponsor: Canadian Tire / Guinness
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario - Canada
Birth year: 1962
My introduction into racing began in the early 70's when my dad took me to a small dirt track called Hayden Speedway, of Sault Ste Marie , Ontario. My favorite driver was Sonny MacIntosh. Sonny was a mechanic at Canadian Tire. Who would have thought that I would one day work at Canadian Tire.
I got my start in online racing with Nascar 3. I joined Can-Am Racing Org. shortly there after. Their philosophy was much the same as OBRL. I made some good friends there. After the 2012 season I step away from online racing because of health issues.
I returned to online racing when I joined Iracing in 2019. Shortly after I joined OBRL.
My favorite drivers over the years have been A.J . Foyt and Jeff Gordon. Since Gordon's retirement I now root for any Hendricks driver.
My first wheel was a basic gaming wheel and pedal. I progressed to an ECCI wheel and pedal ( til it died ) . I now use a Logitech wheel and pedal set.
My dream is to be adopted by Dwayne Mac in the hopes I would be able to afford a G2 vr headset and Fanatec pedal and wheel set.
Being one of the slowest I still enjoy running with the Bastards! Hopefully one day I will finish with a top ten.
Paul House #19
Driver: Paul House
Team: House Bros. Racing
Hometown: Franklin, TN
Birthday: February 8, 1986
Paul graduated from Alabama-Birmingham and is an accountant in the media and entertainment industry with experience in North American and European markets. He wishes he had a cool racing experience story but really just grew up in a modest, NASCAR loving family with an early love for Bigfoot (monster truck) and the sounds of massive V8’s.
A lifelong fan of all forms of racing and cars, Paul started iRacing in 2012 with the hopes of starting a team with his brother. Unfortunately Paul’s brother passed away before they could accomplish their goal and then Paul had to take a break from racing to focus on obtaining his CPA license.
Paul enjoys running with the Old Bastards because it’s getting together with friends having a blast. He loves the solid structure, scheduling and the fact that you can learn so much from everyone in the league and we’re all willing to help each other out.
When not racing, Paul enjoys playing and watching hockey, travelling and reading. He’s also an expecting first-time father in July 2018!
Michael Dees #05
Dave Hartman #1
Driver: Dave Hartman
Team: Hartman Motorsports
Hometown: Saranac, MI
Birthday: December 29, 1975
Dave is the co-owner of Carhart Products an automotive plastic recycling company based in Saranac, MI, that was founded in 2012 with his father.
Retired from driving dirt late models in 2018 after a long racing career competing across the Midwest in local, regional, and occasionally national events winning numerous races and awards while making great family memories.
He can now be found racing online with the OBRL racing series piloting the Leinenkugel, Summer Shandy Toyota #1 hot rod.
When Dave isn't working he enjoys coaching youth football, golfing, snowboarding, and camping with his family.
Bobby Smith #8
#95 – David Desjardins
Nickname: "Double D"
Team: DFB Racing
Sponsor: Texas Pete Sauces
Hometown: Somerset, MA
Birth year: 1967
Self Employed - DFB Inc. Specializing in the transportation of racing yachts.
David has been a race fan as long as he can remember. In 2002 he purchased a Legends car. 2003 he ran both the Wed & Sat night programs at Waterford Speedbowl in CT.
To be able to race alongside guys every week who share the same respect and passion you do for this sport was impressive. Unfortunately, a few weeks into the 2004 season would be the last time for David on that side of the fence.
Jump ahead to Nov 2016, he join iRacing. Competing in the public events and was absolutely frustrating with the level of disrespect drivers had for each other. David was done. Someone suggested try league racing. He found the OBRL after watching a video by John Hastings. Feb 2017 David joined and has never looked back. League racing is awesome! Great guys, new friends and most of all respect and passion for the sport.
“Yeah, I’m a lot like Front Row Joe Nemechek and Mark Martin. Except I start in the back and typically finish there” – David Desjardins