Driver: Bill “Pops” Keener Team: WKI Racing Number: 00 Sponsor: The UPS Store #6401 Hometown: Agua Dulce, California Birthday: October 15, 1942
Possibly the oldest rookie driver in the history of Motorsports, Bill retired after 49 years in the fire service. After serving 23 years with the Los Angeles City Fire Department (8 years a firefighter and 15 years an Arson Investigator) he spent another 26 years as a private fire/arson investigator serving the insurance industry and legal profession. At age 70, too old to continue digging out fire scenes but too young to retire, he opened a The UPS Store #6401 in Santa Clarita, California.
Long time friend Steve Thomson, recently introduced Bill to iRacing and to The Old Bastards Racing League. With no prior experience with auto racing his short term goal is to attend as many practice sessions as possible to see if old dogs can learn new tricks.
Driver: Josh Mayeu Team: Art of Fast Motorsports Number: 02 Sponsor: Harley Davidson Hometown: North Rose, NY Birthday: June 25th, 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.
Driver: Michael Dees Team: Dees Racing Number: 05 Sponsor: United States Air Force Hometown: San Antonio, Texas Birthday: August 13, 1962
Michael is retired after 20 years in the Air Force. He works for the USAF at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas as a Computer Support Technician.
Michael is originally from Dunedin, Florida (Tampa Bay area) and got interested in racing as a teenager watching short track racing at the Sunshine Speedway 1/4 mile oval. After joining the Air Force, he was stationed in Montgomery, Alabama where he watched NASCAR stars Bobby, Davey and Clifford Allison race along with Hut Stricklin and others. Michael spent a year in Greenland, then ended up in Texas, racing whatever computer games he could find. Friends got him involved in RC racing and wound up RC drag racing for years along with his wife who also loves racing. They have now switched over to drag racing 1/25 scale slot cars.
They are both huge baseball fans and have visited 23 major league ballparks with the goal to visit all of them.
Driver: Kent Connolly Team: Revved Up Racing Number: 08 Sponsor: Alabama Crimson Tide – Roll Tide Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama Birthday: May 21 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.
Driver: Dave Hartman Team: Hartman Motorsports Number: 1 Sponsor: Leinenkugels 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.
Driver: Peter “KoKoPuffs” KopKo Team: KoKoPuffs Racing Number: 3 Sponsor: GM Goodwrench Hometown: Pittsburg, PA Birthday: February 4, 1969
Pete is an IT Manager in the technology field for over 20+ years and currently working for E-Research Technology (ERT).
He started sim racing with Papyrus NASCAR Racing in 1994 where he used his position as a systems administrator to host an online racing server for him and his friends to battle door to door on a nightly basis. He followed The NASCAR Racing series throughout its entire lifespan until 2003 when he joins an online NASCAR Racing league through RFactor and its many true to life NASCAR Racing Add on’s.
Pete frequented the locale oval track “Mototdrome” in Pittsburgh, PA. watching his friend compete in the Late Model series where he maintained a love for oval track racing.
Moving to console racing, he raced PS4 with his G27 and maintained a presence in the online racing community there for several years. In 2018 he joined IRacing and found the OBRL crew where he is constantly learning and honing his race-craft in hopes to be competitive against some of the more seasoned veterans within the Old Bastards Racing League.
One of KoKoPuffs greatest experiences has been driving a Lamborghini Huracan 100+ MPH on the local road course “Beaver Run” located in Pittsburgh, PA. With his fear of not being heard you can be sure to identify him with his frequent radio checks throughout the IRacing lobbies.
Pete has always maintained a loyalty and respect for the man in black, Mr. Dale Earnhardt Sr. One of the most memorable quotes of a lifetime: “You’re gonna see something you probably have never seen on Fox,” – Dale Earnhardt Sr. Daytona February 18, 2001 – Gone but never forgotten #3.
Driver: Michael Schrader Team: MJS Racing Number: 4 Sponsor: Anheuser Busch Hometown: Advance, NC Birthday: November 26, 1949
Owner of the Old Bastards Racing League. He has been in sim racing since the Indy 500 game by Atari was introduced in 1977, many moons ago. He ran a league for 10 years using the NASCAR Racing 2003 sim game, called NOSCAR.
OBRL Competition Director
Driving School Instructor
Trucks, Xfinity and Monster Cup Series Admin
Mike has over 40 years of real world racing experience in USAC (Indy, Midgets & Sprint Cars), SCCA (Formula A & Formula 5000), CRA (Super Late Models), V8SC (Australia V8 Supercars), NHRA and NASCAR. Designing and developing engines (Valvetrain & Cylinder Heads) for these Series and various teams. While at Ford Motor Co. for 32 years, he was a Senior Technical Specialist in Valvetrain & Cylinder Head design. A disabled Navy Veteran 1969-1972.
As you can tell, he is very passionate and experienced in racing and strives to provide a well-managed league, to establish a very exhilarating driving school with very high standards of race-craft.
Driver: Dakota Pischke Team: DP Motorsports Number: 5 Sponsor: Great Clips Hometown: Madison, South Dakota Birthday: June 9th 1964
Dakota is employed for the last 21 years at a Ford dealership in Madison SD managing the Sales Department.
Growing up on a small farm in South Dakota, Dakota’s family would often attend the local Dirt track on Sunday nights. His love for auto racing was born there.
He has duct taped numbers on lawn mowers and mini – bikes and anything with a motor on it. Dakota started Sim Racing with the NASCAR 1999 game. Dakota enjoys the Old Bastards Racing League very much and have been a member going on two years. Really enjoys getting to know everyone involved.
Dakota decided after time to run the #5 because I think, “in my opinion” I am a Kasey Kahne type driver, usually finishing in the middle of the pack, but most of the time finishing. He likes running short tracks and his favorite sim vehicle to drive is the truck series.
Driver: Bobby Smith Team: Tony Epperson Racing Number: 8 Sponsor: Sherwin Williams Paints Hometown: Martinsville Indiana Birthday: August 17, 1968
Bobby works as a Project Manager for Epperson Painting for the last 22 years.
He was born into a racing family. His father raced and owned sprint cars that competed in USAC and local Indiana pavement dirt tracks. Bobby’s career began in the family quarter midget in 1973 and moved to UMRA TQ midgets in 1984. He then moved on to full midgets and sprint cars in 1990 competing on dirt and pavement as well as wing and non-winged in the family owned sprint cars.
Bobby started driving the Epperson Painting Tony Epperson # 8 sprint car and midget in 1995 until he retired from racing in 2008. Some of his racing accomplishments include 6 UMRA TQ A main wins, 1 USAC regional midget win, 2 Wing 360 sprint car A main wins, 4 Non wing 360 Hoosier Sprint Car A main Wins, 3 Non wing 410 A main wins including the Sheldon Kinser Classic at Paragon Speedway. 1993 Hoosier 360 Sprint Car Champion. 1994 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the year and 12th in points. 1999 Anderson Little 500 Rookie Of the Race. 2002 5th place in points in USAC Regional Midgets. Competed in 3 Chili Bowl Nationals with a G main win and only making it to the C-Main in 2002.
He joined iRacing in 2015 and raced on an off, but just did not like all wrecking while no one seemed to take it seriously. When the iRacing dirt racing came out last year Bobby decided to get serious and only race in leagues. It has been really enjoyable and is giving him his racing fix.
Bobby doesn’t have a lot of pavement experience in iRacing, but is determined to work hard and try to become a front runner with the Old Bastards Racing League. These guys are really clean fast racers and will bend over backwards to help you out.
Driver: Sean Beyer Team: Beyer Motorsports Number: 13 Sponsor: Wrangler Jeans Hometown: Elizabeth, NJ Birthday: August 13, 1966
Sean was born a poor Black child. Third grade was the best 3 years of his life. Now Sean is a part time know-it-all, full time churl.
Sean bought NASCAR Racing by Papyrus to learn the specs of the computer he never owned or would need. Now he needed to purchase a computer, a modem, wheel and pedals. In 1997 he brought into the new fangled specter of online racing. This changed his life forever. Thinking back, how did we managed to play online using the dialup internet. Can you imagine racing as close as we do now, back then? Other people were racing NASCAR 2 already. This poor old bastard is still trying to play catch up ever since.
Driver: Eddie Jones Team: Blackhawk Motorsports Number: 14 Sponsor: Pennzoil Hometown: Blackhawk, MS Birthday: December 7,1970 (But Seems Much Older)
Eddie works in the sign industry. He is a 3rd generation sign man in our family owned sign company, Jones Sign Co. The company has been in business since 1947 and serve the Mid-South.
Other than online racing, Eddie is a tournament bass fisherman and coaches a peewee football team.
Eddie started online racing with NASCAR Racing 2003 and went on to Rfactor and eventually iRacing. He discovered the OBRL by jumping in a practice session one night and got interested in the league. He joined the Old Bastards later that night. With a full time job and all the extracurricular activities I do, the OBRL is the perfect fit for him. Eddie say he really enjoys the respect everyone shows to each other on and off the track.
Driver: Christopher Monroe Team: Left Lane Motorsports Number: 15 Sponsor: Texaco Hometown: Naugatuck, CT Birthday: March 30, 1977
Chris Monroe grew up in Connecticut and has been a lifelong race fan a race fan since childhood. He is more of a World of Outlaws fan than any other. Chris is also a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Chris started iRacing in Feb. 2018. Focusing on safe clean and courteous racing while trying to be competitive. He strives for the respect of other drivers and is the proudest when he races clean and doesn’t cause problems.
Love of St. Croix and the US Virgin Islands and hopes to one day live on the island. Chris is a pirate, just 200 years too late. Chris says “its island life for me!”
Driver: Tony “Cyber” Romack Team: Cyber Motorsports Number: 16 Sponsor: Harley Davidson Hometown: Brownsburg, IN Birthday: July 16, 1964
Tony retired after 28 years of service at UPS as a Semi-Truck driver. As Tony puts it, he did not knock on your door to deliver a package, he drove the double trailers out of Indianapolis. He started driving for a living at the age of 17 and he always wanted to race cars. Tony never got the opportunity in real life, so online it is and loves it!
Tony started online racing in 1994. He joined iRacing the 1st day it went public and quit it the same day and neverlooked back. A decision he regreted. In search of a quality racing league, Tony came back to iRacing, joining OBRL on 12/04/2017. Saying “the implementation of VR is what brought him back”.
The highlight of his sim racing was around 2000 when a guy created “Like Real Racing” where they rented out hotel banquet rooms and guys came from all over, just to race. Their first event was in Charlotte, NC where Dale Jr raced with them, this was the time when Dale was becoming the NASCAR Busch champion and signed with Budweiser for Cup.
What a humble guy to hang out and race with a bunch of wanna be’s. Tony became a fan, because of this. He enjoys Project Cars 2 and flying XPlane 11 in VR, once you go VR there is no turning back.
Driver: Paul House Team: House Bros. Racing Number: 19 Sponsor: Hardees 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!
Driver: Raymond Caton Team: Raygun Racing Number: 20 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.
Driver: Gary A Griffith Team: G2 Performance Racing Number: 28 Sponsor: Quick Lane/Motorcraft Hometown: Adairsville, GA Birthday: February 17, 1976
Gary says he is just a regular car guy. Started sim racing back in 1993 with Papyrus IndyCar Racing while in the high school drafting class using the school CAD pc’s.
Bought the 1st version of Papyrus NASCAR Racing upon release and had every version after that. Now Gary is hooked on iRacing. Ran 4 years in a NASCAR Racing 2003 league called Friends & Family Racing League about 10 years ago, where he won a IROC and Truck series championships as well as the cleanest driver award for least amount of incidents.
Driver: Ed Carpenter Jr Team: E & J Motorsports Number: 29 Sponsor: Publix Supermarkets Hometown: Newnan, GA Birthday: April 24, 1971
Ed is a US Navy Veteran, served as a Cryptologic Technician in Operation Desert Storm from 1988-92. He is a retired Manager from Publix Supermarkets. Ed opened an automotive repair facility in 2010. He finally got the chance to “retire” full-time in 2016.
Ed is married for 20+ yrs, has 3 boys ages 19, 24 and 26. His oldest son currently serving in the US Navy as a MMN1(Machinists Mate Nuclear) on the SSBN 742, USS Wyoming.
Ed enjoys racing sims and started with the Papyrus NASCAR Racing on PC using only the w,s,a,d buttons! he is an avid fan of fps multiplayer games such as Battlefield 1.
Driver: Bobby McCormick Team: BMC Motorsports Number: 31 Sponsor: General Mills Hometown: Hope Mills, NC Birthday: January 26, 1958
Bobby is currently employed as a builder of Electrcoat equipment for about the past 25 years. He previously worked as a Truck driver, produce clerk and a cabinet maker.
Bobby’s hobbies include Radio Controlled helicopters, drones, bicycling, and most of all Sim Racing. Started Sim Racing in a league back in 2003 with the Papyrus NASCAR Racing 2003 came out. Tinkered with iRacing a few months, but quit. Rejoined iRacing in April 2017 when he learned that iRacing was supporting and compatible with the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality System.
Bobby hooked up with the Old Bastards Racing League for his online racing experience and if he did not have the OBRL to race with, he probably would choose not to race. If you like close, hard, respectable racing then the OBRL League is where you want to be. The admins go above and beyond on and off the track. The OBRL League is a competitive, great group of guys. Everyone goes out of their way to help each another.
Driver: Jim Westerfield Team: Wolfpack Motorsports Number: 35 Sponsor: Villaloboes Rescue Center Hometown: Berrien Springs MI Birthday: December 21, 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.
Driver: Dean Ayer Team: Tru-Grit Racing Number: 39 Sponsor: Folgers Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC Birthday: April 8, 1951
Dean was a contract painter for 30 years, mostly working apartment complexes and office buildings, retiring in 2012. Now he raises chickens and cuts firewood.
He began Sim-Racing with the release of GPL Demo and then on through all the Papyrus offerings. Dean joined the Alpha team for iRacing in December of 2004 and began league racing in 2010 and has never looked back to official racing again.
Driver: Joel Kilburn Team: JK Racing Number: #40 Sponsor: Cummins Hometown: Shepherd, TX Birthday: March 27 1969
Joel has been a heavy equipment operator for the last 15 years, Previously he was an over the road owner operator truck driver and a heavy line tech for Dodge.
Joel’s two favorite hobbies are hunting and sim racing. In 1998 he started sim racing when the NASCAR 99 came out for the PlayStation console game. Joel upgraded to PC sim racing and has been hooked ever since, He is really glad to have found the Old Bastards Racing League, because the guys are like an old group of friends and with the close clean racing it is really awesome.
Driver: Bruce Pearson Team: TKM Number: 43 Sponsor: Goodwrench Hometown: Arvada, Colorado Birthday: April 28, 1957
Growing up in Denver, Colorado, Bruce got the racing bug when his dad took he and his brother as kids to Englewood and Lakeside Speedways. After trying several different sports growing up, he joined the wrestling team as a high school sophomore, starting a career that lasted 42 years. Thirty seven of those years were spent coaching, 30 in California where Bruce coached high school several State-Placers and All-Americans. In 2003, he was California Coaches Association H.S Coach of the Year and won a National Title at age 46.
After an 18 year career in the Fitness Industry, Pearson has spent the last 27 years working in Campus Security in high schools. He has spent the last 12 years working for Jeffco Schools in Colorado, the home district to Columbine High School.
Over the years in schools, Pearson returned to his desire to race and drove an I.M.C.A. Modified and ’67 Camaro Street stock at All-American Speedway near Sacramento. Most recently, he race a Legends with the Rocky Mountain Legends Racing Association.
He developed a racing program to help teach kids Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM. But doing so with real race cars has proved to be cost prohibitive.
Bruce is now developing the same program but adding business and marketing to the mix and using the iRacing simulation. He already has high interest from teachers and students alike and has the goal of growing the program into a national high school league.
The Old Bastards Racing League was his first try at league racing on iracing. “The OBLR is nothing but first class. The league is well organized and structured to help drivers get better. The drivers are tough, but respectful”, says Bruce. He plans to model his high school league after the OBRL. There are a few Old Bastards in the league that he may ask for guidance or to even join him in his program.
Bruce joined the OBRL with the #33 but after a hard fought battle with Steve Thomson and earning his first OBRL win in the Cup Car at Dover. Mike Schrader gave Bruce the #3. “Mike has no idea how much that meant to me!” says Bruce. “Dale senior was my favorite driver. Getting the #3 was as good as any award I ever won on the wrestling mat. I love this league.”
Growing up in Denver, Colorado, playing many sports, he joined the wrestling team as a high school sophomore, starting a career that lasted 42 years. 37 of those years coaching. Bruce coached HS several State-Placers and All-Americans. In 2003, he was California Coaches Association H.S Coach of the Year and won a National Title at age 46.
After an 18 year career in the Fitness Industry, Bruce has spent the last 27 years working in Campus Security in high schools. He has spent the last 12 years working for Jeffco Schools in Colorado, the home district to Columbine High School.
Bruce has developed a racing program to help teach kids Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM. But doing so with real race cars proved cost prohibitive.
He is now developing the same program, using the iRacing simulation, combining business and marketing. He already has high interest from teachers and students alike with the goal of growing the program into a national high school league.
He finally returned to his desire to race, by driving an I.M.C.A. Modified and ’67 Camaro Street stock at All-American Speedway near Sacramento. Most recently, he race a Legends with the Rocky Mountain Legends Racing Association.
Driver: Niels Clyde Team: Half Fast Racing Number: 44 Sponsor: Geico Hometown: Las Vegas, NV Birthday: October 24, 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.
Driver: David Gallion Team: Boilermakers Number: 45 Sponsor: Oculus Hometown: Grayson, KY Birthday: October 26th, 1961
David has been employed by Boilermakers local 40 out of Elizabethtown, Kentucky for 21 years and he has spent the last 15 years as a supervisor for a worldwide construction company (AP COM Power)
He has been in sim racing for so long that he has lost track of the time. He also enjoys flight sim’s. He says his first computer had only an 8 mb hard drive. I thought man I am in the money now. LOL
David really enjoys the Old Bastards Racing league. All though he has not been a member for very long, the old guys seem really love to rag on him. That is OK as David gives back more than he receives. Although he has only one win at this time, he has had a lot of help from the elder racer’s in the league. David says “If not for them, he would have still been way behind the learning curve”. He is not saying he knows a lot but, with their help, he has come a long ways.
Ken is currently employed as an Applications Developer with a government contractor. He has enjoyed writing code in assembler and C over the past 30 years and even a 7 year stint with java.
He has been a Corvette fan since a very young age and love all things automotive.
When Ken was introduced to NASCAR Racing 2, he had to buy a computer and go racing – been a race fan since he was a little kid. Had to get every new title Papyrus was releasing, even Grand Prix Legends, it was all so much fun. Took a brief detour with ARCA Sim Racing, then decided to go iRacing.
Ken has had as much fun painting these virtual cars as he has had racing them. He loves the old school paint jobs from the 80’s & 90’s the most.
Driver: Michael Knoll Team: MKM Motorsports Number: 49 Sponsor: Don’s Speed Shop/Performance Centers of America/Reilly Financial Group Hometown: Metuchen, NJ Birthday: August 8, 1969
Michael has been in Public Relations for 24 years
He is a fan of racing and motorsports ever since he can remember. His father worked for Don’s Speed Shop and Performance Centers of America as both Vice President and Treasurer and cultivated his interest in cars and racing.
Michael’s first real racing simulation was Papyrus’ Indycar Racing in 1993. He progressed through all the Papyrus titles and ended up in iRacing in September of 2008. Michael has been racing steadily since, but mostly in another league, which seems to have the same values as Old Bastards, but rarely does an oval stock car series.
He is a fan of anything on wheels including NASCAR, F1, Indycar and many others. His hobbies include flight simulation, fossil collecting, history and researching my ancestry. Michael found the Old Bastards Racing League by joining a practice at Iowa and had a lot of fun running in the practice.
Driver: Jim Oliver Team: Sedona Racing Number: 52 Sponsor: Federated Auto Parts Hometown: Sedona, AZ Birthday: July 9, 1950
Jim originally from Hamilton, Ohio moving to Seattle, WA area in 1980 where he worked for the Boeing Company for 35 years. Upon retirement, moved to the Southwest ending up in Sedona, Az.
Started sim racing in late 1990s starting with the Papyrus titles and NASCAR Heat. A hectic work schedule interfered with his sim racing and he did not race much from 2007 until 2013 when Jim retired and joined iRacing. Jim has enjoyed participating in some road racing leagues and now want to see what he can learn from racing in the OBRL.
His other hobby is taken from his Jeep and going ‘off -roading’. He travels throughout the southwest playing in the dirt at various places in Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.
Driver: Tim Matthews Team: TMR Number: 54 Sponsor: University of Kentucky Hometown: Grayson, KY Birthday: January 29th, 1979
Project Manager for a telecommunications contracting company based in Sandy Hook, KY.
He started sim racing at the age of 21 on “Dirt Track Racing” (‘DTR’) by Ratbag Games. In those days, it was dial-up internet and cheap Logitech controllers that made it happen. Obviously much different than today’s PC gaming industry.
Tim’s love for racing began at a very young age, as his father used to take him to the local dirt track races very Friday and Saturday night. In the small little town of Grayson Kentucky, where Tim grew up, there was a local dirt racing superstar named Black Jack Boggs. Tim’s father used to drive the car hauler for Jack, and Tim would often get to come along. As a young boy, he watched some of the biggest names in Dirt Racing fight it out every weekend from up on top the Boggs hauler. It was those experiences that sparked Tim’s passion for racing way back then, and it is those memories that are still fueling his passion for racing today.
Tim has been on iRacing for 4 years now and is looking forward to many more. If you would like to follow along with Tim’s iRacing career, go to www.youtube.com and look up “TM54Racing.” There are hundreds of live streams from Tim’s past races and there will be many more to come. You can also find him on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/tm54racing
Mike is a Field Service Engineer for a Biomedical company which usually leads to a lot of travel.
He has been a racing enthusiast since he could reach the gas pedal. Started out on PC running Papyrus’ Indy car racing. Moved to NASCAR Racing soon after its release and played until 2003. Mike raced SCCA Club racing and renewed his love of road racing. When the racing budget ran dry in 2006, settled for Console racing for the next 12 years. Playing various racing disciplines ranging from Off-Road and Rally Racing, to NASCAR and GT3 cars. Managed a World Endurance series on Project Cars and PC2 for 3 years in GT3 cars. Finally due to frustration with participation and poor Online conditions with Consoles, made the move to PC and iRacing.
I’ve been shopping around for a league that fit me, and I think I’ve finally found a home to race with for years to come hopefully. At this point being a Rookie to PC, iRacing, and OBRL, the most important thing to me is gaining the respect and trust of my competitors. I believe in good race-craft, and value the Respect of my Competitors more than winning.
Driver: Bill Rigdon Team: CheckFlagCo Racing Number: 59 Sponsor: QuikTrip Hometown: Johns Creek, Georgia Birthday: January 25, 1959 Website
Bill (branded “Bogus Bill” during his days at Georgia Tech) is a veteran of the online racing wars, dating back to the old NROS days with the Papyrus “NASCAR Racing” titles, where he raced in the OSCAR league. Renowned for his uncanny knack for poor starts and even poorer finishes, he is known far and wide as “that guy who just hit the wall.” However, what he lacks in talent, he makes up for in incompetence. Bill has knocked around the online circuit for years, barnstorming from server to server before coming to iRacing and OBRL.
Growing up watching the local dirt-track warriors duke it out, and being a NASCAR fan since the sixties, Bill has been a die-hard Richard Petty supporter for over fifty years. “Short of the birth of my children and my wedding day, the 1979 Daytona 500 was the happiest day of my life,” he admits. As a child, he liked to pretend he was racing stock cars by competing with his friends on bikes. But, “had we had iRacing when I was a kid,” he muses, “I’d never have left my bedroom.” Now, he never leaves it because he’s just lazy.
When not strapped to his Oculus Rift, Bill is an Application Support Engineer for Manheim Auto Auctions and a part-time voiceover artist. His hobbies include barbershop singing, public speaking, tennis and long, romantic walks to the refrigerator.
– Bachelor’s in Applied Math from Georgia Tech
– MBA from Kennesaw State
– Four kids, one wife, two cats and a mutt
– 2001 Georgia Toastmasters Humorous Speech champion
– Runs number 59 for his birth year
Driver: Dale Dailey Team: HDR (Harley Davidson Riders) Number: 60 Sponsor: US Army Hometown: Copperas Cove, TX Birthday: June 21, 1960
Dale has been racing online since the beginning of Forza. Joined my first online racing league in 2010 and then stepped up to iRacing in 2013. He is a one car team owner as Dale says he can’t make it to every race due to constraints (actually traveling for work and can’t take my racing computer on my trike…LOL).
He is employed with DynCorp Aviation a government contractor and his position requires him to travel from Texas to North Dakota. Dale tries to correlate his travel plans with some kind of racing venue, whether it’s NHRA, NASCAR, IMSA and even the local dirt racing. He try to keep his racing clean and have even taken himself out before taking someone else out of a race.
Name: Dode “Hornet” Hoskins Team Name: Hornet Racing Number: 66 Sponsor: Hornet Home Town: Punta Gorda, FL Birthday: November 17, 1947
Dode is a retired Pharmacist after working 42 years. We should probably add Dr (Doctor) to his nickname. After all Doctor Hornet has a nice ring to it.
If Dode did not have the Old Bastards Racing League to race with, he would choose not to race at all. Seriously if you like close, hard, respectable racing then the OBRL League is where you want to be. Dode has been running with OBRL League for more than 4 years and he is twice as fast as when he first joined. Dode has a cool nickname “Hornet”, watch out for his sting! We guess this is how he got it.
The admins go above and beyond what they are asked to do on and off the track. The OBRL League is a competitive, great group of guys. Everyone goes out of their way to help one another.
Driver: Steven Thomson Team: KAOS Number: 67 Sponsor: Ride TV Hometown: Golden Valley, AZ Birthday: 1964
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Being a huge NASCAR fan and after seeing iRacing being used on NBC Sports Steve joined iRacing in September 2015. Going throughthe trials and tribulations of racing in the wilds of iRacing, Steve wasintroduced to League racing by Bob “Bad Bob” Wells and he highly recommend he join the Old Bastards Racing League.
League racing completely changed my outlook on how to race and with the help of league members, Mike Schrader, Niels Clyde, John Hastings, Sean Beyer and Kim Quick, Steve was able to learn the racing skills and race-craft to become a competent racing competitor within the series.
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Driver: Ted ‘Chief’ Quincel Team: Powerbase Motorsports Number: 84 Sponsor: Monster Energy Hometown: Saint Petersburg, FL Birthday: December 25, 1952
Ted spent 22.5 years in the Navy, achieving the rank of Chief and is a retired Navy Veteran. As you can determine, this is how Ted got the nickname “Chief” by being a retired Navy Chief.
Ted also has real world racing experience by being a member of the number 08 Multimedia Chevy Impala Hooters Pro Cup as a pit crew member for 2 Years. His duties included being the front tire carrier, gasman and jack man.
Ted has many years in the Sim Racing community, joining iRacing in back in 2010 and has been a member of the Old Bastards Racing League since 2015.
Ted says his favorite movie is ” Fight, Fuck, or go for your Guns” starring John Wayne, but we are having trouble finding it. It must be a very private collectors edition.
Brian is married with 2 sons and live just north of Atlanta.
He is working for Servpro for the last 12 years. Brian has also worked for the Buck Bakers Seat Time Racing School for the last 20 years. They give rides in real stock cars and teach people how to drive them on their own. Check it out, several different tracks available.
Driver: Gary Corbett Team: Kaos Number: 88 Sponsor: iAnalyze Racing Hometown: Nashville, TN Birthday: July 15, 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 Old Bastards Racing League and he is still racing there because “it is some of the best racing he has found on the iRacing service”.
Driver: Joey Geiser Team: J & C Racing Number: 89 Sponsor: Husky Tools Hometown: La Veta, CO Birthday: October 15, 1977 Website
Airframe and Powerplant certified lead mechanic for Textron Aviation for over 16 years.
Joey is a huge race fan from the mid 90’s where Pikes Peak International Raceway opened up his eyes to the sport of NASCAR. Born and raised in Colorado, Joey wasn’t exposed to racing, but once he watched his first race in person, he was hooked.
He always loved competition, so when he got hooked on racing, of course he had to go find a NASCAR game to satisfy that urge. NASCAR Racing 2 was the first racing game Joey purchased and was racing NR2003 up to 2014, which is when he joined iRacing. There Joey came across a guy who, unbeknownst to him, worked in the next hangar. Dan DeNayer was one of the best sim racers around and he invited Joey to his team where he was taught the fundamentals of racing and how to truly be a good sim racer.
It’s an honor to be in a league that promotes good, hard racing while being clean in the process. Joey couldn’t have found a better group of guys. They make him feel welcomed and are willing to help the same guys they compete against every week.
Joey has been a fan of NASCAR since 1997 and started sim racing on NASCAR 99 and every year up to NR2003 before joining iRacing in 2014.
Joey is currently a crew lead for Textron Aviation working on large business jets and have been employed there for 16 years.
Sim racing has opened up new friendships for him and being able to race with people you know (whether or not you have actually met them in person) is such an enjoyable experience.
He first raced in a league in the NR2003 sim and with the friendly competition, it was so enjoyable, whether you were good enough to win or not! When it comes to iRacing, Joey is not much of a setup guy, but it is still enjoyable to be able to race on a platform that makes anyone who loves competition salivate!
Joey looks forward to develop new friendships and camaraderie with fellow iRacing drivers and enthusiasts. Joey says “He has nothing but respect for those that can compete with the best, because he sure as heck can’t!”
Driver: Bill Benedict III Team: DES Racing Number: 90 Sponsor: DES Simulation, LEGO Hometown: Bloomington, IN Birthday: November 9, 1971
Bill is a computer programmer for a major medical device manufacturer and has been an “IT guy” for 25 years.
A lifelong racing fan, Bill first started racing at 1/10th scale in high school, earning the occasional trophy or plaque. In college, studying to be a Mechanical Engineer, he continued racing RC cars but also discovered Indy 500. It was hours of playing with setups, tweaking settings and racing with a keyboard on that game that started his PC racing career.
Indycar 1 was released by Papyrus shortly after, and “online” leagues sprouted around the usenet community where one would race against the AI at prescribed settings and send in their race results files to be scored against others. Bill quickly dove into this community, racing with two joysticks – one to steer, and the other on the floor with giant buttons used as gas and brake pedals. It was crude, but it worked!
Papyrus later released NASCAR 1 and strong communities formed around this sim and the offline racing aspect. But then “Hawaii” arrived, a dialup multi-player racing lobby that used a special version of the NASCAR 1 software, hosted at Papyrus’ office in Boston, MA. That’s what started it all. By this time Bill had gotten married, changed major to Computer Science, graduated and moved to Fort Wayne, IN. Oh, and he bought his first racing wheel, a ThrustMaster T1.
As technology advanced, sim racing moved to the internet and exorbitantly high long distance bills were soon replaced by multiple dialup accounts and later digital connections like ISDN and cable. The Hawaii racing lobby was replaced by TeN and later NR2003’s built in lobby. Bill raced in several different online leagues before joining HAL, or the Hawaii Ace League, so named for its formation during the Hawaii dialup days where the “Ace” setup was the one always used. Bill raced with this crew for decades, helped tweak the fixed setups, became an admin, and later ran the league before interest waned and operations were finally shut down. Along the way, he made several long-lasting friendships with other racers and made his mark, however minor, on the sim-racing community. Some of his most proud moments are being mentioned in the Papyrus racing manuals for NASCAR 2, 3 and 4, and getting to be an alpha-tester for iRacing long before it went public.
Somewhere in the middle of that last paragraph, Bill got divorced, had a son, got remarried to the love of his life, dabbled in drag racing at the sportsman level, and acquired grandchildren. These days, Bill is satisfied with racing just one series a week for the fun of the competition and camaraderie. Right now that series is the Xfinity cars with OBRL, and the Old Bastards feel like the right place to be.
Driver: Ken Schulz Team: K-Schulz Racing Number: 91 Sponsor: iRacing Hometown: Plymouth WI Birthday: February 18, 1963
Ken is married and the father of 3. He is a CNC programmer and machinist, also retired High School soccer referee for 20 years after following the 2018 spring season.
He is a third generation racer, from 1981 -1997. In the EWSCA Winged Modified series in Wisconsin. (these cars are a combination of Eastern Coast Dirt Track Modifieds and Sprint Cars). Highlight of career was winning 1990 Etchie Biertzer Memorial twin 25’s.
Ken also enjoys watching dirt sprint car racing, listens to mainly country music. Loves a good comedy, but hates violent movies and shows.
He has been in iRacing since 2015, mainly participating in the iRacing NIS Series.
Driver: David Desjardins Team: DFB Racing Number: 95 Sponsor: Texas Pete Sauces Hometown: Somerset, MA Birthday: April 26, 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 Old Bastards Racing League 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
Driver: Patrick Milligan Team: Mello Yello Number: #99 Sponsor: Coca-Cola Hometown: Lockport Illinois Birthday: April 19, 1973
Patrick is the owner of Metro Ford in Chi town. Check out the website at www.Emetroford.com
He has been sim racing from the early 1980s with the Atari’s pole position game. Patrick got his first driving simulator in July of 2017 after watching a race with Ty Majesk,i who was promoting iRacing at Grundy County Speedway here in Illinois.
Patrick is a huge NASCAR fan since the 80’s and attends local short tracks as often as possible.
Fast line and OBRL racing leagues were my first league races and now I mainly only do the league racing because of the courtesy of all the drivers show and the great overall atmosphere of the league.