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: 15
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: 3
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.
Name: Gary Hyatt
Years Experience: 15
About: I was born into the racing world with my grandfather, Paul Weekley. My other grandfather, Clinnie Hyatt had been a successful track promoter at Rebel Flag And Gamecock Speedways in the Sumter SC area. My stepfather, Joe Nicely raced at such tracks as 411, Smokey Mountain, Atomic, and Tazewell, TN. He raced many years and I helped on the car for many years until I decided to build my own car. Around 1998 my parents became involved in 411 Motor Speedway where I started working on the clean up truck when I was not racing. Then in 2006 I took a job at Travelers Rest Speedway where I was scoring and helping promote the track, I worked for 5 different promoters there for around 10 years while working at Union County, Westminster and Laurens Speedway. Finally, I’m returning this year as Technical Director for Joe Rush and the American Crate All-Star Series.
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!
Assitant Tech / Corner Marshall
Name: Dusty McDaniel
Years Experience: 5
About: I’ve been around Dirt Track Racing my whole life. I had the opportunity in the late 90s and early 2000s to come on board and crew for Brett Wyatt. I was with him for about 10 years. We won a lot of races in the Open Wheel Modified division during that time. In 2016 the opportunity came about at Crossville Speedway for me to come on board and be a part of the team there. My responsibilities there were staging and line up for each class about to go onto the track, assisting the race director with race night operations, social media, keeping record of points for each class as well as flagman. I had a great time at Crossville and I thank the Jackson Family for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to seeing them again this season as part of the American Crate All-Star Series!
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.