Director of Competition
Donnie Richeson started racing in his teens in and around his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky. Since the early 1980s, Richeson has been employed in the motorsports industry. He has worked with some of the sport’s top teams, including the late Alan Kulwicki, Gary Nelson at Sabco with driver Kyle Petty, Kenny Bernstein and driver Brett Bodine, and Jeff Burton. He lead the Cicci–Welliver Racing team in the then NASCAR Busch Series for five seasons, with five different drivers and was a contender for the championship in 2000 with driver Todd Bodine.
Richeson joined Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. in 2003 and was instrumental in moving the team from its original Windy Road location to its current Stough Road location in Concord, North Carolina in 2004.
Richeson will lead the Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. teams for the 11th consecutive season this year. He has served as crew chief in five different series at KSR, Inc. – the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, The Grand National West Series, The Southwest Series, The K & N East Series and the ARCA Series Presented By Menards. To date, Richeson has 15 wins to his credit with the team – in both the NASCAR and ARCA arenas.
For the 2014 season, Richeson will serve as crew chief for veteran driver Ken Schrader in select ARCA races, and Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell who will compete in two ARCA races. Matt Tifft, a 17-year-old high school senior from Hinckley, Ohio, will drive for KSR, Inc. in both the ARCA and NASCAR K & N East Series, with Richeson on the pit box. The team will return to Eldora Speedway this summer for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, with Schrader at the wheel and Richeson calling the shots.
Richeson will lead a team of seasoned crewmen for KSR, Inc. -- Chad Allum, Phillip Bell, Marcus Benjamin, and Donald “Huffy” Hoffman will all be returning in 2014.
Birthdate: July 9, 1960
Race Day Duties: Crew Chief
Shop Duties: Team Manager
Hometown: Owensboro, KY
Years in Racing: 40
Most Memorable Racing Accomplishment: Being able to do something that I love all these years, instead of getting a “real” job!
Hobbies: Attending my stepson’s baseball games
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Music: Contemporary Christian