Chris Roberds is the returning runner-up form the 2017 Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. “It was exciting to perform under the stress and pressure, especially in the championship build” Chris said. He got his Hendrick Automotive Group start in June of 2010. To add to his resume, Chris received the Honda Master Technician of the Year in 2017. Chris enjoys family time away from the dealership with his wife, Julia, and four children, Lizzie, Shawn, Jacob and Leah. “In my spare time I enjoy (obsess over) home brewing craft beers”. When deciding to start his Hendrick Automotive Group journey, Chris liked how Honda Cars of McKinney, “focused on the value of every employee and encouraged individual growth. The family atmosphere of the company” is why he has dedicated his time and career to learning everything from learning new technology to diagnostic routines. “We feel respected and valued by Mr. Hendrick and our core values are a reminder of why we come to do your best every day.”
Hendrick Motorsports engine assembler Scott Vester has won the Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown five times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 & 2011); the most victories for any single competitor in the history of the Showdown. Described as accurate, dependable and trustworthy, Scott has grown into one of the strongest teammates at Hendrick Motorsports. The Huntersville, North Carolina resident started at Hendrick Motorsports in May 1999. He’s learned a lot in that time. “Being able to work on a daily basis with other people who all have a common goal,” is something Scott values working at Hendrick Motorsports. One day Scott hopes to take a six month cruise around the world.
Back for his third year, Brian Myers plans to take home the number one seat this year in his race against the clock. “I learned that speed, precision and communication are integral parts of being successful. Tool placement is key!” Brian lives in Pittsboro with his wife Izzie and “children,” his two cats, Miri and Koa, and his dog, Legos. In his spare time Brian is an avid hunter. He hopes to one day bag a 7x7 buck. Since 2008, he has been a focused and a genuine part of the Hendrick Automotive Group team, dedicated 110% to his work. “The history, respect and scale of the business puts all of its technicians in a great place.” Brian keeps up with his training and has become one of the top-ranking technicians in the company.
Ben Proctor is a unique competitor to this year’s Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. After winning this event in 2015 as a Hendrick Certified Master Technician, he joined Hendrick Motorsports and is returning for his third competition year. “I learned that pressure is a privilege,” Ben said. The Charlotte, North Carolina resident would love to one day go fishing with Mr. Hendrick on his boat. “Throughout my career, I have always wanted to be surrounded by the best people,” Ben said. As a competitive, driven and precise worker, Ben loves the teamwork atmosphere Hendrick Motorsports provides.
Shane Flake is a returning Hendrick Certified Master Technician, previously competing in 2015 and has learned there’s a lot of fun to be had. It’s a great opportunity to meet people from the Hendrick Motorsports side of the organization. Through the support of his team that surrounds him, Shane successfully qualified for this year’s competition. After moving from Raleigh, Shane now lives in Concord, North Carolina with his three kids, Kiersten (10), Trevor (18) and Trevor (14). They appreciate the great North Carolina outdoors as a family and enjoy kayaking, canoeing and the occasional camping trip. On one of his adventures in the future, Shane hopes to be able to shoot a machine gun. Shane understands how to have fun, but don’t let that fool you because is here to win and can’t wait to take a first-place trophy back to Hendrick Toyota of Concord.
Jason Ingle lives in Denver, North Carolina with his wonderful wife Stacy and two children, Colt (5) and Knox (4 months). In his few moments of downtime he enjoys being able to watch football with his family and friends. Hopefully this year he will be able to check “winning this event,” off his bucket list. With Jason’s observant speed, he hopes to be able to brag at the next tailgate about his win at the Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. In his seven years of competing, Jason has learned that teamwork is what brings success in these competitions. Hendrick Motorsports has allowed Jason to learn a lot over the years he has been with the company and continues to learn every day. One of the best things about working for Hendrick Motorsports is that no one ever gives up. It’s a spirit that resonates well with Jason, as Hendrick Motorsports was the first place that offered him a job in racing and he plans to continue learning, maintaining a decorous spirit and winning with Hendrick Motorsports for years to come.
Patrick Ashford, a Hendrick Certified Master Technician from North Georgia’s Gwinnett Place Honda, is a returning builder. He competed in 2011 and through that experience learned the importance of concise communication and working together as a team. Through commitment and hard work Patrick has became a teammate who is dependable and supportive. Patrick resides in Cumming, Georgia with his lovely wife Angela and three kids, Emily (13), Kylie (11) and Grant (3). He enjoys spending time with his family in his spare time and hopes to one day travel to Alaska. “The best part of working for Hendrick Automotive Group is the people,” Patrick states. He wanted to work for the best and through the opportunities the company has presented, he is ready to win in his second Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown.
Defending and three-time Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown champion, Danny Emerick, returns for 2018. “I have competed off and on since the inception,” Danny said. “I learned the level of respect each division has for one another and how that reflects on the Hendrick Motorsports success.” “Hendrick Motorsports had set the gold standard in racing,” Danny said. “Why not shoot for the top? It has affected me in many positive areas in my life. The opportunity to work around the best in the business is a dream come true.” Danny currently resides in Concord, North Carolina with wife, Crystal, and son, Everett (2). One of his goals, to see the Northern Lights one day.
James Petersen works at Hendrick Cadillac as a Hendrick Certified Master Technician. The dealership is close to friends, and its commitment to cleanliness and precision make it a fun place to work. James feels there are so many opportunities at his dealership, that after this competition he can’t wait to build upon his skills to make another appearance in the Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. He also hopes to be able to retire at 50 years old one day, although he would never give up mechanical work. James has a personality that won’t let him sit still. He will always be dedicated in his job, during competitions and throughout retirement. James is a returning builder from 2014. It takes hard work, being a good listener and energy to continue competing and he can’t wait for the fun that this competition brings with friends.
Brian Franklin, a member of Hendrick Motorsports since September 2010, is competing in his fifth Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. “Minimize mistakes,” Brian said. “You have to make every move count.” “I wanted to work for the best team in racing,” Brian said. The people he interacts with make the environment he works in that much better. As a funny and dependable teammate Brian knows how important teamwork is on and off the track. Brian lives with his wife, Shannon, and two children, Lilly (8) and Shelby (5). Away from the shop, Brian loves being able to spend time outdoors with his family. He hopes to one day win a NASCAR Championship as a tuner.
Daniel Rolf is making his Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown debut this year as a Hendrick Certified Master Technician from Hendrick BMW. Daniel began his Hendrick Automotive Group career back in June of 2007 and he can’t wait to show off his skills. “I chose to work for Hendrick Automotive Group for the culture and the reputation the company has established for success.” Working for a reliable company such as Hendrick Automotive Group has allowed him to grow and learn from some of the best. He is proud to be representing Hendrick BMW and looks forward to gaining new skills.
Shane Parsnow is a decorated engine assembler in the Hendrick Motorsports Engine Department and winner of the 2005 Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. “Communication is essential” Shane shares for his advice to any builder competing in this competition. “The best thing about working at Hendrick Motorsports is the resources we have available to do the best job we possibly can day in and day out,” Shane said. Being part of a company and team that challenge you and encourage competition is something he loves. Shane lives in Concord, North Carolina with wife, Tami, and daughter, Shana. One of his lifetime goals is to catch a blue or a black marlin in each of earth’s oceans.
Donovan Smith is back in his second year competing in the Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. From his 2013 competition year, Donovan learned, “that I can’t stand losing.” He is excited to have another shot at winning the #1 spot in this year’s competition. Donovan lives in Stallings, North Carolina with his lovely wife Adrian and his three kids, Kaylee, Kaycee and Savannah. His family and friends would describe him as witty and driven, one day he hopes to do a “track event at every racetrack in the world with historical importance.” “I chose to join Team Hendrick to be part of a well-established organization with many opportunities to advance in the automotive and motorsports industries. I have gotten to where I am today by being born with a passion for cars, whether it's studying the history and engineering of all cars, fixing one or racing one. “
Hendrick Motorsports engine assembler, Jerry Windell, is making his third appearance in the Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. Joining Hendrick Motorsports in January 2012, Windell is a talented assembler who’s committed to continued improvement, and dedicates much of his time in collaboration with his teammates and applying those skills to building championship-winning powerplants. Jerry is married to Lisa, and they have two children, Tanner and Lexie. He hopes to participate in the Hot Rod Power Tour in the future.
Lee Steffensen is a returning builder from the 2014 competition year. During his time competing he learned that “teamwork is the key to success. Race engines are very different from normal street car engines.” He is improving his speedwrench skills and is ready for a second chance at the No. 1 spot. Lee lives in Watha, North Carolina with his wonderful wife Deanna and daughter Brianah. They enjoy spending time together and working in the yard. Lee hopes to one day retire early and spend quality time with the ones he loves. When Lee started his journey back in April 2006, he knew Hendrick Automotive Group was a “good, stable and well-known company. It holds an excellent reputation for customer service and employee relationships.” He enjoys the work atmosphere that Hendrick Toyota of Wilmington provides and is motivated to win the 2018 Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown.
Chris Moroch is quite familiar with the Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown, having competed the last five years, which has given him an opportunity to develop deeper relationships with teammates throughout both organizations. “The best thing about working for Hendrick Motorsports is getting to be around such a talented group of people day in and day out,” said Chris, who started in 2012. Married to wife, Jennifer, they have a son, James (10) and daughter, Emma (6). They live in Statesville, NC and enjoy spending time outdoors and with each other. One day Chris hopes to swim the English Channel.
James Stevens is making his debut as a Hendrick Certified Master Technician, from Darrell Waltrip Subaru, at this year’s Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. With his cheerful attitude and hardworking spirit he believes that he and his partner will take home first. James lives in Santa Fe, Tennessee with his wife Sandy. His two children Jake and Jason are some of his biggest fans. He hopes to one day travel to Alaska with the family. James has also won the prestigious Carnegie Hero Award, helping save the life of a co-worker in a repair shop from burning. He has become an outstanding role model for his children and co-workers at Darrell Waltrip Subaru. James couldn’t say enough how much he loves working for Hendrick Automotive Group, “the great atmosphere and team” have made his career an outstanding one in his three years within the organization.
Mooresville, North Carolina resident Tom Karras, a Hendrick Motorsports engine assembler, is the 2003 winner of the Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. He has enjoyed his time at Hendrick Motorsports because of its focus on teammates, continuous improvement and consistent opportunities to win a NASCAR Cup Series championship. “I was lucky enough to get an interview with Jeff Andrews,” Tom said. “Working here has allowed me to grown in my chosen profession and as an individual.”
Ted Tsuda is back for his fourth Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. Competing in years ’04, ’06 and ’12 he’s taken away that the, “competition is tough, but in a very fun way. I’ve learned a lot about the meaning of teamwork.” Ted lives in Livermore, California with his wife Karen. His two daughters Leslie and Samantha are strong supporters for his work and aspirations. Ted has hopes to travel to the Far East one day and be able to explore different cultures. His family is the strongest support system he could ask for. “Thankful for Team Hendrick for choosing us to be part of the family. Wouldn't think of working for any other dealership group. Hard work and being a team player has gotten me to where I am today.” He said. “There is overall support from not only the dealership level but all the way to the top.”
John Boydston, who competed in the 2006 and 2017 event, returns to compete in the 2018 Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. Described as loud, entertaining and sociable, the Salisbury resident is in tune to what it takes to win. “Being nice and steady with your work and not getting too crazy,” John said when remembering what he has learned over the years competing. “Becoming part of the best team in motorsports in 2003, made me the focused worker I am today.” said John. Boydston and his wife, Audrea, have two children, Carter (10) and Wesley (8). He hopes that through hard work he is able to get his kids through higher education. In his time away from the shop he loves to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
Ben Turner lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his lovely wife Niki and two children, Noah and Rhett. Turner enjoys spending time with his family and looks forward to many more years with Hendrick. This year is Ben’s first year at the Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. Representing Hendrick Honda Charleston as a Hendrick Certified Master Technician, Ben hopes his dependability and efficiency gives him a leg up on the competition. Ben has found Hendrick Automotive Group to be a place of hard workers and a company that has maintained its integrity and reputation. He is a proud representative of the company and looks forward to growing his skillset to continue competing in competition years to come.
Concord, North Carolina’s Kevin Moler, winner of the 2012 Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown with Hendrick Automotive Group partner Corey Perin, is making his eleventh-consecutive appearance in the event. Kevin, a loyal and dedicated Hendrick Motorsports teammate, embodies his pursuit for excellence in his quality control position within Hendrick Motorsports. He appreciates the family he has made over his 17 years with the company, “the people here are truly my friends, not just coworkers.” “I wanted to work for the best team in motorsports,” Kevin said. “The impact is I now have a career, not just a job” Away from work, the Concord, North Carolina resident often enjoys spending time with his son, Carter (13). He is a thrill ride enthusiast and would one day like to go sky diving.
Kelly Brandt, in his inaugural competition was partnered with Danny Emerick. It was an “awesome experience” and I “enjoyed meeting someone new and working as a team towards a common goal.” They took home the win during a nail-biting finale during the 2017 Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. Kelly decided he wanted to work for Hendrick Automotive Group while still living in Wisconsin, seeing a great opportunity to grow with a respected and impressive organization. By continuing education, passing all certification tests and working in all fields of repair (especially transmission and diesel), he worked hard trying to be one of the best technicians employed by the company. Kelly lives an active lifestyle with his wonderful wife Jessica in Charleston, South Carolina. Competing in bodybuilding and powerlifting competitions, he has demonstrated a dedication and tenacious spirit even in his social life. One day, Kelly plans to take that active lifestyle to the next level and sky dive. But for now, he is proud to be one of the elite Hendrick Certified Master Technicians.
Competing for his second year, Tyrus Gillen is motivated to take home first in this year’s Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. Tyrus knows, “Teamwork is the most important thing. To have fast times, you need to work together with your teammate and communicate”. “I wanted to work for Hendrick Motorsports since I was a child. This team is so dominant and I wanted to be a part of the legacy this team has acquired. I want to work with the best people and drivers in NASCAR.” Tyrus said. Starting at Hendrick Motorsports in 2013, Tyrus lives in Kannapolis with his wife Eden. One day, Tyrus is determined to travel to Alaska.
Adrian Constantinidis is a returning builder, having competed in the founding year of the competition in 2002 and again in 2012. That experience has him poised and ready to compete in 2018. When Adrian was beginning his time at Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet he was told, “City Chevrolet was the place to be. Everyone that was in the business wanted to work there. They were correct. City became my second family.” Being genuine and making people laugh is what Adrian prides himself on. The second family he has built over the years at City Chevrolet has allowed him to thrive and become a top Hendrick Certified Master Technician. “What you see is what you get,” and automatically you see that Adrian is a family man. Living in Rock Hill, South Carolina, he loves being able to spend time with his 34-year-old daughter Megan. One day he would love to always be around his grandkids and be able to make memories with them that will last a lifetime.
Sam Vernatter is one of NASCAR’s premier engine builders, taking home the prestigious MAHLE Engine Builder of the Year Award in 2015, as Hendrick Motorsports engines powered five of the top-12 finishing NASCAR Cup Series teams at the end of that season. “Hendrick Motorsports is the premier organization in the country,” Sam said. “I have learned how to work with multiple personality types,” and look forward to becoming a master engine builder. “Teamwork and tool management is key to a good, clean build,” he said. Sam lives in Concord, North Carolina with his wife Ashley and son James (4). One of Sam’s long-term goals is to beat Danny Emerick at the Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. He looks forward to this year being the one that takes home this year’s top prize.
In 2004, David Frey and his family were looking for new opportunities, “I was relocating from Buffalo, New York to Charlotte and was working at a BMW dealership there. After applying and visiting for an interview, I knew it was the place for me. Between the people and the atmosphere, I knew this was going to be a great place to work. I feel I've made it to my position as shop foreman here today from putting in the time and hard work and being given the chance to show what I can do.” David lives in Mint Hill, North Carolina with his lovely wife Stephanie and two kids, Jordyn (8) and Jackson (6). They also share their home with a few animal friends, “I have no typical pets such as a cat or dog. At our house we have a bearded dragon named Spike, a box turtle name Flas and eight chickens.” Frey hopes to one day restore a ’69 Camaro. David has made Hendrick BMW a second home. He has grown in his confidence and understanding and can’t get enough of, “the team feeling. It doesn't matter if you have been here a month or 10 years, everyone around you is always willing to help each other out, even if it doesn't necessarily fall into their job description.” He makes his debut as a Hendrick Master Certified Technician in the 2018 Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. David is not afraid of a challenge and looks forward to doing his Hendrick BMW team proud.
After competing in the 2014 and 2017 Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown, Billy Davis is making his third appearance in this year’s event. “I learned communication is key to minimize mistakes,” Billy said. The Charlotte, North Carolina resident, who is described as driven, serious and a competitive player, joined Hendrick Motorsports in January 2000. “I wanted to work for the best engine shop,” Billy said. “This company is family oriented and is consistently evolving to stay at the top level for the sport. I have learned from some of the best in the business.” Davis and his wife, Mallory, live in Charlotte with their two daughters. Billy was named 2014 Clevite Engine Builder of the Year. He hopes to own his own business one day.
Phillip Price and the love of his life Julie live in Georgia along with a huge NASCAR collection. Living the simple life, Phillip and Julie enjoy ATV’s, boating on the lake, fishing and spending time with their friends. One day he hopes to be able to teach the next generation of Hendrick Certified Master Technicians. “My entire life I have been a huge NASCAR fan and to actually work for Rick Hendrick is an honor and a dream,” Phillip said. “By the grace of God above and the best two parents in the world, I am blessed to compete in this competition. I started working on cars at my father’s gas station/garage and after college working with my family was the beginning of my career as a technician. My father passed in 1985 and soon after I was working in a Chevrolet dealership. My wife supported me 100% throughout my carrier.” “To work for someone that you idolized your entire adult life is awesome,” Phillip added. He gets to check one of his bucket list items as he comes to Charlotte, North Carolina to compete for the first time in the Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown.
Josh Speir, who competed in years past, is excited to be working with his teammates and cannot wait to put his skills to the test in this high stake competition. Josh joined Hendrick Motorsports in January 2013, whose past success and strong set of core values were very attractive to the North Carolina resident. It was his childhood dream to work for Hendrick Motorsports. Josh and his wife, Lillian, live in Landis, North Carolina with their son Lawson (2). One day he’d love to share his love for racing with his son and hopefully make some great memories and like going to the Indy 500.
James Turner is making his inaugural Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown appearance. He has been working hard since 2008 to achieve his spot and this year, as an alternate, he hopes to learn the ropes and be able to compete in years to come as a Hendrick Certified Master Technician. James lives in Lillington, North Carolina with his wife Balanka and two children, Gage (15) and Scotlyn (7). He enjoys being able to spend time with his family and would one day like to “travel at the speed of light”. This “little farm boy from Virginia” has a strong will power to reach his goals. James knows no stranger, the atmosphere and support that he receives from his fellow technicians allows him to thrive and continue to gain insight as he grows in his work. He looks forward to learning the techniques and strategies during the builds and hopes to return in the years to come and take home first place.
Multi-time Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown record holder Mike Maiwald is also the only competitor to compete in all 15 years of the Showdown. Extremely competitive by nature, Maiwald, who won this event in 2004, is genuinely impressed with the talented Hendrick Certified Master Technicians he has teamed with throughout the years, and has worked hard to prepare himself to capture this year’s event. "Planning, communication and determination will produce excellent results," Maiwald said. "I wanted to learn from the best in the business," Maiwald said. "Working at Hendrick Motorsports completely changed my thinking about life’s challenges and how to best work through them. Basically, that means how to do things right. (At Hendrick Motorsports) I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the most talented people in the world." Starting at Hendrick Motorsports in February 1994, Maiwald resides in Dallas, North Carolina with his wife, Rebecca, and four children, Tyler, Cameron, Stephanie and Keahan. Maiwald hopes to drive from coast-to-coast and see the entire United States one day.
Keenan Lau is making his Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown debut this year. After only five years working for Hendrick Automotive Group, he has become a Hendrick Certified Master Technician. Keenan plans to use his dedicated and competitive attitude to take him to the next level. Keenan, his wife Ashley and their two kids, Cameron (2) and Harper (4 months) live in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his wife Ashley have been together for more than 12 years and have lived all over the United States. He would love to be able to experience NYC during New Years and travel beyond North America. “The best thing about working for Hendrick Automotive Group is our dealership morale and teamwork. I chose to work for Hendrick Automotive Group because of the team atmosphere and how great the company takes care of its employees. I believe I have gotten to where I am today by hard work and dedication to my goals.”
This will be Jay Nolan’s first year back since 2006. He is excited to see how the new engine feels compared to the previously carbureted version. With a meticulous and positive spirit, Jay hopes that he can bring home a win at this year’s Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builder Showdown. “I was a huge Jeff Gordon fan as a child and I had it in my mind that if I got into racing as a career when I grew up, Hendrick Motorsports was the place I wanted to be,” Jay said. “It has really shaped me personally and professionally. I started, when I was 20, so I grew up here. I've made countless relationships here including my wife that I met in Daytona while traveling for work. It has also made me constantly think and push how to make myself better and what I do better, both at home and work.” Jay lives in Huntersville, North Carolina with his lovely wife Dionne and his three kids, Michael (11), Camden (4) and Elijah (2). He hopes to one day cage dive with Great White Sharks in Australia. Jay has wins with five different drivers and hopes this gives him a competitive edge on the competition.