Team Information

Luke Lambert

Crew Chief

Hometown: Mount Airy, N.C.
Resides: Clemmons, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 16 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: 9 years
Twitter handle: @LukeLambertCC
Hobbies: Anything outdoors, dirt bikes, hiking
Favorite sports team(s): N.C. State Wolfpack
Most memorable racing moment: Winning second race as a crew chief at Bristol Motor Speedway. My family was there.
How did you get into racing? I grew up going to the races with my dad
What was your dream job growing up? A NASCAR crew chief or fighter pilot
Childhood hero? My grandfather, a WWII vet
Favorite restaurant on the road: Smokin’ Swine BBQ in Atlanta
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “The Ballad of Dukes of Hazard” by Waylon Jennings

Darin Nestlerode

Car Chief
Race duty: Pit Support: Hose

Hometown: Jersey Shore, Pa.
Resides: Kernersville, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 23 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: 12 years
Hobbies: Training search and rescue dogs
Favorite sports team(s): No. 31 RCR Chevy team in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Most memorable racing moment: Every race I have been part of winning
How did you get into racing? My father-in-law took me to my local dirt track to help on a Late Model
What was your dream job growing up? To work on a professional race team
Childhood hero: Clint Eastwood
Favorite restaurant on the road: Waffle House
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “East Bound and Down” by Jerry Reed

Danny Efland

Engineer

Hometown: Irmo, S.C.
Resides: Salisbury, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 23 years …
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: I joined December of 2016.
Twitter handle: @DannyEfland
Hobbies: Anything with wheels, spending time with my daughter and family
Favorite sports team(s): Clemson Tigers (I grew up going to all their football games), Carolina Panthers
Most memorable racing moment: Subbing as crew chief for Ty Dillon at Richmond in 2016. We won the heat race and finished 2nd to Dale Jr.
How did you get into racing? My dad raced since he was 16. He has been a driver, team owner, manufacturer of race cars and safety equipment
What was your dream job growing up? I wanted to be a race car driver
Childhood hero: Dale Earnhardt
Favorite restaurant on the road: Deck Down Under in Daytona
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? It depends which side of the bed I wake up on. Either Lose Yourself by Eminem or Thunderstruck by AC/DC

Jose Blasco

Engineer
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Resides: Charlotte, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 16 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: This will be my first season
College/Technical Degree: Cranfield University, United Kingdom
Hobbies: Racing, tennis
Favorite sports team(s): Ferrari in F1, NY Yankees, RCR
Most memorable racing moment: It was in the NASCAR Mexico Series at the Chiapas race. After wrecking in qualifying and it was an impound race, we had to borrow a backup car that we set up in less than five minutes. We came from the back all the way up to fifth and ended up eighth.
How did you get into racing? Started racing in BAJA and then got invited to help a team in Mexico.
What was your dream job growing up? I wanted to work in racing.
Childhood hero: I don’t have a true hero but I was very interested in Nicola Tesla’s work
Favorite restaurant on the road: Garcia’s near Watkins Glen
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? You Really Got Me by The Kinks

Troy Libby

Shock Specialist
Race Duty: Pit Sign

Hometown: Scarborough, Maine
Resides: Concord, N.C.
Twitter Handle: @TroyLibby

How long have you been in racing: 9 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: first season
Hobbies: hiking, skating, going to concerts, cooking
Favorite sports team(s): New England Patriots, Philadelphia Flyers
Most memorable racing moment: Winning three championships in two years.
How did you get into racing? Grew up going to a local racetrack with my father every weekend. I eventually helped a friend on his Legends car.
What was your dream job growing up? I wanted to work in racing.
Childhood hero: my brothers
Favorite restaurant on the road: Chevy’s in Fontana, California
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? Stand Up by All That Remains

Matthew Lombardi

Engine Tuner

Hometown: Johnston, R.I.
Resides: Cornelius, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 12 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Fourth season
Hobbies: Playing Xbox, relaxing
Favorite sports team(s): New England Patriots
Most memorable racing moment: 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Kentucky, the No. 3 was on the truck
How did you get into racing? Knew someone
What was your dream job growing up? A job I could get rich doing
Childhood hero: My father
Favorite restaurant on the road: Any Italian restaurant
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “$100 Bill” by Jay-Z

Ryan Russell

Mechanic

Hometown: Thomasville, N.C.
Resides: Welcome, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 15 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Since October 2016
Hobbies: hunting, sports, weightlifting
Favorite sports team(s): Duke, Carolina Panthers
Most memorable racing moment: Winning the 2007 Daytona 500 with the No. 29 team.
How did you get into racing? I am family friends with Brian Vickers and his family. I like to say that I went to the Brian Vickers’ School of Hard Knocks.
What was your dream job growing up? Driving a race car
Childhood hero: Robert E. Lee, Dale Earnhardt
Favorite restaurant on the road: Longhorn Steakhouse
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? Record Year by Eric Church

Chris Tidwell

Mechanic
Race duty: 8th Man

Hometown: Emporia, Kansas
Resides: Lexington, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 12 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: With them during 2010-2011 season and now back for 2016
Hobbies: Wood working, hunting, fishing
Favorite sports team(s): Kansas City Royals and Chiefs
Most memorable racing moment: Winning 2007 Daytona 500
How did you get into racing? Working at local dirt tracks and going to school
What was your dream job growing up? Firefighter
Childhood hero: Ty Murray
Favorite restaurant on the road: Hard 8’s Texas
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol into song? “Country Boy” by Aaron Lewis

Travis Owens

Mechanic

Hometown: Darlington, S.C.
Resides: Archdale, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 20 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Five years
Hobbies: I love watching my kids play in ballgames
Favorite sports team(s): South Carolina Gamecocks and Denver Broncos
Most memorable racing moment: Winning the Daytona 500 with Jamie McMurray
Favorite restaurant on the road: In-N-Out Burger

James Bender

Tire Specialist

Hometown: Duryea, Pa.
Resides: Mooresville, N.C

How long have you been in racing: 28 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Four years
Children: Justin, Joey and Ronnie
Hobbies: Home improvement projects
Favorite sports team(s): Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Phillies
Most memorable racing moment: Winning ’91,’94 and ’95 Daytona 500s
How did you get into racing? My father
What was your dream job growing up? Restaurant/nightclub/bar owner
Childhood hero: My parents
Favorite restaurant on the road: Hard Eight BBQ
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine

Kyle Kelley

Mechanic
Race duty: Fuel Runner

Hometown: Whitter, California
Resides: Mooresville, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 20 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Five years
Twitter handle: @KyleKelley77
Hobbies: Housework and cigars
Favorite sports team(s): Chicago Bears
Most memorable racing moment: Won the 2000 Busch (Xfinity) Series championship
How did you get into racing? Harold Holly
Childhood hero: Mel Tillis
Favorite restaurant on the road: Daan Sushi in Texas, In-N-Out Burger

Jeff "Rooster" Craven

Truck Driver

Hometown: High Point, N.C.
Resides: High Point, N.C.
Twitter handle: @31rooster


How long have you been in racing: 28 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Eight years
College/Technical Degree: Forsyth Tech, Diesel
Hobbies: Enjoying time with my grandkids, McKayla and Mason
Favorite sports team(s): Atlanta Braves
Most memorable racing moment: Winning the NASCAR Cup race with driver Bobby Hamilton at Rockingham
How did you get into racing? A good friend with MAC Tools as well as friends at Caraway Speedway made some introductions. Then Robbie Loomis at Petty Enterprises got me started as a mechanic.
What was your dream job growing up? Working in racing
Childhood hero: My father, Harry
Favorite restaurant on the road: bd’s Mongolian Grill in Kansas
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “Rooster” by Alice in Chains

James Nunn

Co-Driver

Hometown: Ararat, Virginia
Resides: Ararat, Virginia

How long have you been in racing: 12 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Six years
Hobbies: Enjoying time at home
Favorite sports team(s): LA Dodgers, University of Virginia Cavaliers
Most memorable racing moment: Winning a NASCAR championship with Jimmie Johnson
How did you get into racing? I had a friend who worked on the No. 24 team
Favorite restaurant on the road: bd’s Mongolian Grill

Marty Houston

Shop Foreman

Hometown: Hickory, N.C.
Resides: Claremont, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: It’s been 31 years. I started working in 1985 with Tommy Houston’s Busch Grand National No. 6 team.
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Second season
Hobbies: Playing drums, volleyball
Favorite sports team(s): Tarheels, Panthers
Most memorable racing moment: All of them
How did you get into racing? I was born into racing. Tommy Houston is my father.
What was your dream job growing up? Drummer for KISS
Childhood hero: Tommy Houston
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “Eminence Front” by The Who

Barry "B" Hoover

Set Up Plate

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Resides: Charlotte, N.C.
Twitter handle: @bHoover31

How long have you been in racing: 21 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Eight years
Hobbies: Spending time with my sons, camping and Carolina Panther games
Children: Carson, Cameron
Favorite sports team(s): Carolina Panthers
Most memorable racing moment: 2004 Daytona 500 win
How did you get into racing? Working on a local race car in a lower division
What was your dream job growing up? To make cars go fast and get paid for it
Favorite restaurant on the road: St. Elmo’s in Indy, Outback Steakhouse

Blake Zobrist

Shop Mechanic

Hometown: Aviston, Ill.
Resides: Midway, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 11 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Third season
College/Technical Degree: Assoc. High Performance UNOH
Hobbies: Home improvement projects, carpentry work
Favorite sports team(s): St. Louis Cardinals
Most memorable racing moment: First win in Talladega in 2007 with Bobby Labonte
How did you get into racing? Grew up at the local dirt track and caught the racing bug at an early age
What was your dream job growing up? I would say my uncles’. I grew up watching them race and was their biggest fan.
Favorite restaurant on the road: Gordon Biersch in Phoenix. They used to have the best meat loaf I’ve ever had.
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “Testify” by Rage Against the Machine

AJ Grubb

Interior Shop Mechanic

Hometown: Salisbury, N.C.
Resides: Clemmons, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 25 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Third season
Hobbies: Camping, riding dirt bikes
Favorite sports team(s): N.Y. Yankees
Most memorable racing moment: First win in Talladega in 2007 with Bobby Labonte
What was your dream job growing up? I wanted to be a pilot.
Childhood hero: My father
Favorite restaurant on the road: In-and-Out Burger

Joseph "Cruz" Gonzalez

Shop Mechanic
Race duty: Gas Man

Hometown: Yadkinville, N.C.
Resides: Lewisville, N.C.
Twitter handle: @cruzmissel

How long have you been in racing: 14 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Four years
Hobbies: Being with family and on our farm as much as possible
Favorite sports team(s): North Carolina Tar Heels and San Diego Chargers
Most memorable racing moment: Winning the Brickyard 400 at Indy with the No. 27 team
How did you get into racing? I put my head down, set goals and experienced tons of luck
What was your dream job growing up? Marine biologist
Childhood hero: Michael Jordan
Favorite restaurant on the road: The closest one
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “Ruff Ryders” by DMX

Rich Parks

Mechanic

Hometown: Mebane, N.C.
Resides: Archdale, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 21 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Nine years
Hobbies: Having fun whenever possible
Favorite sports team(s): Wake Forest, Carolina Panthers
Most memorable racing moment: I don’t have one moment in particular but meeting and working with so many interesting people is the best
How did you get into racing? After leaving the Navy, I wanted to try something different so I found a truck team that was desperate for help
What was your dream job growing up? Truck driver
Childhood hero: My dad
Favorite restaurant on the road: The Fish House, Key Largo, Fla.
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice

Chase Masterson

Front Tire Changer

Hometown: Flowermound, Texas
Resides: Kannapolis, N.C.
Twitter Handle: @ChaseMasterson

How long have you been in racing: 15 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Two years
Hobbies: Hunting, spending time with the family
Favorite sports team(s): Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys
Most memorable racing moment: Winning at Texas in 2013
How did you get into racing? I grew up with Jeremy Clements. His dad owned a race engine shop and I went to work there when I was in high school.
What was your dream job growing up? I wanted to be a garbage man because I thought it was cool to ride on the back.
Childhood hero: Ken Giffey Jr.
Favorite restaurant on the road: Deck Down Under in Daytona.
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? Dazed and Confused by Led Leppelin

J.D. Holcomb

Front Tire Carrier

Hometown: Whitesburg, Kentucky
Resides: Concord, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 16 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Five years
Hobbies: Spending time with family
Favorite sports team(s): University of Kentucky
Most memorable racing moment: Winning the 2003 Southern 500. We won the race off pit road and it was my first Cup win.
How did you get into racing? A lot of luck and determination
What was your dream job growing up? I’m doing it now
Childhood hero: Darrell Waltrip
Favorite restaurant on the road: Herford House
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “Enter Sandman” by Metallica

Brad Robison

Rear Tire Carrier

Hometown: Groton, New York
Resides: Concord, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 9 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: This will be my fifth season
Hobbies: Hunting, golf and carpentry
Favorite sports team(s): Baltimore Ravens
Most memorable racing moment: First Cup win with Ryan Newman in Loudon, N.H. in 2011. I believe we led every lap.
How did you get into racing? I went to a pit crew combine sponsored by Red Bull and a team offered me a job
What was your dream job growing up? To be a police officer like my dad
Childhood hero: My dad
Favorite restaurant on the road: J.P.’s Wharf House in Dover, Del.
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “The State of Massachusetts” by Dropkick Murphys

Jake Lind

Rear Tire Changer

Hometown: Welcome, N.C.
Resides: Salisbury, N.C.

How long have you been in racing: 16 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Third year
Hobbies: Spending time with my son Mason
Favorite sports team(s): Denver Broncos
Most memorable racing moment: Winning the Brickyard 400
How did you get into racing? My father is Will Lind.
What was your dream job growing up? I wanted to be a baseball player.
Childhood hero: My grandfather
Favorite restaurant on the road: Yardhouse

Adam Lewis

Jackman

Hometown: East New Market, Md.
Mooresville, N.C.
Twitter handle: @Jackman31Cup

How long have you been in racing: 10 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Five years
Hobbies: Brewing beer and working on cars
Favorite sports team(s): Baltimore Ravens
Most memorable racing moment: Getting hired by RCR
How did you get into racing? Family
Childhood hero: Dale Earnhardt
Favorite restaurant on the road: Any local brewery
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song? “TNT” by AC/DC

Jason Jarrett

Spotter

Hometown: Newton, N.C.
Resides: Hickory, N.C.
Twitter handle: @JasonAJarrett

How long have you been in racing: 24 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: Fourth season
Hobbies: Working out, running, keeping up with a five-year-old
Favorite sports team(s): Dallas Cowboys
Most memorable racing moment: Being part of winning the Brickyard 400 with Ryan Newman in 2013
How did you get into racing? My family has been involved in racing since the 1950s. My grandfather is Ned Jarrett and my father is Dale Jarrett, both are members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
What was your dream job growing up? Professional baseball player
Childhood hero: My grandfather, Ned Jarrett
Favorite restaurant on the road: Bobby Q in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ashley McCluney

Partnership Marketing

Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.
Resides: Kannapolis, N.C.
Twitter handle: @AshleyMac13

How long have you worked in racing: Since 2006
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: It’s my rookie season!
Hobbies: Going to sporting events, concerts and spoiling my godson
Favorite sports team: Clemson Tigers, Carolina Panthers
Best/most memorable moment since working in racing: Winning the 2013 NASCAR XFINITY championship with Austin Dillon.
What was your dream job growing up: Working in NASCAR, but I didn’t know what that meant!
Childhood hero: My mom
Favorite restaurant on the road: “O Steaks & Seafood” in the Lake Opechee Inn, New Hampshire
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song: “Only Prettier” by Miranda Lambert

Traci Hultzapple

Senior Manager, Communications, No. 31 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Hometown: East Petersburg, Pennsylvania
Resides: Charlotte, N.C.
Twitter handle: @THultzapple

How long have you worked in racing: 20 years
How long have you worked on No. 31 team: This is my fourth season
Hobbies: Golf, watching films and spending time with family
Favorite sports team: Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, golfers Rickie Fowler & Lexi Thompson
Best/most memorable moment since working in racing: Going to victory lane with Michael Waltrip in the NCWTS at Daytona International Speedway on the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s passing in 2011. Plus, 2013 NSCS win with Martin Truex Jr. at Sonoma Raceway.
What was your dream job growing up: I wanted to be Katie Couric and co-anchor the “Today Show”
Favorite restaurant on the road: Morimoto’s and Cordeiro’s Steakhouse in Napa, Calif.
If you could pick a song, what would be your Bristol intro song: “Dancing Queen” by ABBA