Brad Smith Motorsports Pit Crews & Support Staff!
Pit Crew Team Members
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 whatever is needed on any given race day. Gas the car, jack the car, and catch can. It’s a pleasure working with Brad.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Racing is all about family for me. Some of my earliest memories include helping my dad, Marv, with his 1957 Ford super stock at Mt. Clemens Speedway. Marv can now be found helping my efforts in the ARCA/REMAX series. My brother and sister, Jeff and Debra, also spend a lot of time assisting both on and off the track, making Brad Smith Motorsports truly a family affair.
I started my racing career in the ARCA series, running his first race at Talladega in 1988. I’d never gone 100 miles per hour in a racecar before, let alone over 200!
I hold a lot of respect for the “hidden heroes” of racing, “without whom a large number of us racers would not be able to live out our dreams.”
In 2014 we, (Brad Smith Motorsports) expanded our ARCA presents by joining forces with ARCA Legend, James Hylton.
I was born into a mechanical family in Detroit, MI and, though that love of automobiles filtered down to me, I leaned more towards “white collar” endeavors and studied communications in the U.S. Navy. Upon my discharge, I began publishing my own paper that covered the ARCA Racing Series in 1991 & this is where I met Brad and we have remained friends ever since. When that publication ended, I wrote several racing books & was the ARCA Truck Series Media Coordinator for eight seasons. That series ceased and I become part of the our team at the end of 2017 as “PR Guy” but also try to pitch in anywhere I’m needed. I also host a YouTube show called “Super Cars Today TV”! Still residing in the Motor City area with my wife Sandy (who also occasionally helps feed the guys at the track when she can make it), kids and grandchildren, I own and operate a courier business called “Door 2 Door Delivery”.
I’m the owner and sole employee of Copraya Web supporting Brad Smith Motorsports since 2005. I spent 8 years activeduty 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. I’ve 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 workforce 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.