Our goal with ACAS is to provide crate late model racers with the fairest series on the market and tracks with a series they know will be consistent and fair while attracting fans to their facility.
Meet the Crew
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CEO – Series Director
Name: Joe Rush
Years Experience: 18
About: Joe has been around racing his whole life and has a true passion for a sport. Joe started in racing by hand scoring with his grandpa at Beckley Motor Speedway. He then was trained on scoring with the computer system and started working at I-77 where he fell into the role of race directing and scoring. Before the series he spent his time at Princeton Speedway and has filled in at many other tracks over the years. By day, Joe has a master’s degree in Special Education and uses that to teach Elementary Special Education where he loves working with the kids.
Name: Jessi Rush
Years Experience: 6
About: Jessi has only be around racing since she has known Joe and from day one, pretty much started helping with back office stuff and paperwork. Before she met Joe she had no idea dirt car racing even existed. Now, she knows, pretty much what it takes to run a whole show, and focuses on handling all the series paperwork. Jessi, also, by day is a teacher on the elementary level.
Public Relations, Marketing Director, Race Director, Scorer
Name: Allyson Steadman
Years Experience: 3
About: Ally first got around racing on the asphalt side by working the concession stand at Kingsport Speedway. In 2019, the series first season, Ally attended her first race which happened to be an American All-Star Series race at Wythe Raceway! She then started selling 50/50 tickets at Volunteer Speedway at the end of 2019 before moving to running the scoreboard in 2020. Early in the season she was thrown to the wolves and told to score! In November of ’20 Joe met Ally working a practice for the All-Stars race. Shortly there after Joe sent Ally a message and she came on board as the series scorer, but she also worked as a utility worker in 2021. Joe saw Ally’s passion and dedication to the series and the sport and at the end of 2021 and Ally moved into her current positions of Public Relations, Marketing Director, and Race Director. When Ally’s not at the the track you can find her finishing up her final year of college and playing softball, before getting ready to be begin her teaching career.
Name: Ralph Munsey Jr.
Years Experience: 26
About: Ralph is the most experienced team member. He started with eight years in the driver’s seat racing in the street stock and modified street divisions. The past twenty six years he has been affiliated with Princeton Speedway in one way or another. He has done everything working at a track except for scoring and announcing, but most of his time has been spent in the flag stand. In his free time Ralph is a volunteer fireman and enjoys woodworking.
Pit Boss / Lineups
Name: Ricky Lilly
Years Experience: 2
About: Ricky Lilly has been involved in racing in southern WV since around 2006. Ricky started racing in 2006, in the street stock class at Princeton Speedway. He raced street stock for several years, until moving up to the AMRA Open Wheel Modified class in 2011 and raced at tracks such as Princeton Speedway, Beckley Speedway, and Lizard Creek Speedway. By day, Rick is diesel mechanic and fix almost anything diesel!
Name: Ronnie Phillips
Years Experience: N/A
About: Ronnie is an experience engine man that runs the tech for the series. Ronnie has been around racing for years. He was a crew cheif for Alan Kulwicki and also an engine builder for numerous NASCAR teams most recently at ECR. He’ll be teching for the series full time this season and is a very capable and skilled technical director.
Corner Marshall / Dir. Trailer Organization
Name: Jesse Ranyes
Years Experience: 1
About: Jesse has been around racing since he was born. He grew up going to the races with his dad and uncle as they were racing and started learning to work on the cars at a young age. He’s spent the past 8 years racing in the front wheel driver four cylinder and outlaw street division. In his free time, Jesse enjoys woodworking and working on his slot cars.
Graphics / Photography
Name: Tara Chavez
Years Experience: 12
About: Tara has been photographing motorsports for over 12 years. Starting in 2007, she became the official track photographer for Princeton Speedway, in Princeton WV. In 2008, she also became the photographer for Beckley Motor Speedway in Prosperity, WV and continued shooting both tracks through to the 2018 season. In the past she has also shot motocross at Burning Rock Off Road Park. Tara has been published in multiple media, sites, and magazines such as Dirt Late Model, Dirt Illustrated, and Dirt Modified and sites such as Dirtondirt.com and OVDTR.com
Name: Walter Tapp
Years Experience: 13
About: Walter has been in the racing industry for 13 years as announcer, working at the local level in the southeast region and now on tour with the American Crate All-Star Series. He loves going to the different race tracks and meeting new fans and drivers and also getting out to interact with them.
Registration / Runner
Name: Caitlyn Smith
Years Experience: 1
About: Caitlyn has been around racing since she was 9 years old and immediately had a love for the sport. Shortly after that she started going to the pits at the races and learning about the cars and how to work on them. This year she started following the series as a fan, but due to her dedication of sharing post and positively promoting the series when a position opened she naturally slid into it. She loves the sport, the series, and hopes to see both continue to grow. While working for the series she is also working on her dental degree.