Nelson Motorsports was established back in 2013 under the vision of owner Barry Nelson. What began as a one car experiment with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Timothy Peters as the lone driver quickly grew into a multi car race team that quickly climbed to the top of the late model circuit. Since inception the team has steadily climbed the ranks and has numerous prestigious wins under it's belt, including twice winning the Virginia triple crown and being a three time winner of the CARS Tour points championship. With the current CARS Tour Championship and Virginia Triple Crown title in house Nelson motorsports is one of the top teams in small track racing today. Follow us to see how our team performs in the 2022 racing season!
Barry Nelson became involved with cars at a very young age. His parents GR and Joanne started a used car business back in the early 70s. In 1975 they purchased a Ford dealership which helped springboard Barry's journey in the automotive business. He now owns a 9 franchise, 8 rooftop automotive group which operates in and around Martinsville and Henry County, Virginia.
Under the leadership of Barry Nelson, Nelson Motorsports has made a huge impact on the late model racing scene throughout Virginia and the Carolinas. His team has won multiple prestigious races, CARS Tour Championships, Virginia Triple Crowns and the recognition that goes along with winning. The Nelson Motorsports name has become a fixture in Late Model Racing due to Barry's leadership. We look forward to finding out what 2022 has in store!
It all began in the fall of 2016 when Bobby was chosen as a last minute replacement for Timothy Peters to run the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway. Bobby won his heat race and lead several laps before encountering engine trouble. That night would be the start of a successful partnership with Nelson Motorsports that has seen many prestigious victories over the years. In 2017 Bobby joined Nelson Motorsports for the full schedule at South Boston Speedway where he won 4 times and finished second in points. In 2018 Bobby ran the full CARS Tour schedule picking up 4 wins on his way to his first Cars Tour Championship. The success continued in 2019 which saw Bobby win his second consecutive Cars Tour Championship. Although 2020 saw great success Bobby was unable to secure the three-peat. This added more motivation so Bobby went out in 2021 and not only re-captured the CARS Tour Championship but also won the Virginia Triple Crown in the process. With a championship pedigree and the help of his winning team you can expect great things out of Bobby yet again in 2022. We can’t wait to see him bring home his fourth Championship in five years!
Kayden Honeycutt joins Nelson Motorsports coming off of an impressive rookie season in the CARS Tour. Kayden won two races, had 6 top fives, finishing with 12 top tens in thirteen starts. He finished second in the points championship to Bobby by only a slim margin. His success helped him win the Rookie Of The Year Award in the CARS Tour. This success caught the attention of team owner Barry Nelson and a winning relationship was formed. Kayden is 18 years old and resides in Aledo, Texas. He is considered one of the top young drivers in the sport today. He has a diverse racing background that includes racing in the ARCA Menards Racing Series, Super Late Models and IMCA Dirt Modifieds. We look forward to what he can do driving the number 12 car for Nelson Mortorsports in 2022!
D.J. started his journey in the racing industry back in 2005 when he was only 12 years old. He helped work on cars that ran at Natural Bridge Speedway and Eastside Speedway while growing up. From there he moved to Turner Motorsport where he worked on BMWs even running the 24 hours of Daytona. D.J. has been with Nelson Motorsports for the past 7 years where he has helped guide the team to multiple victories and championships. His experience with the team running the Cars Tour is a huge asset. His combination of experience and track knowledge is crucial to the teams success.
Jeff began working for Nelson Motorsports back in 2015 while he was a student at the Patrick Henry Motorsports program. He graduated from the program in 2016 and worked with Nelson Motorsports through the end of 2018 when he took a job with Kyle Busch Motorsports. After a year out on the road he decided to return to Nelson Motorsports and has been a fixture of the team ever since. Jeff brings strong experience in fabrication and chassis setup which help make sure that the Nelson Motorsports cars are ready for each specific track.
David has been involved with racing since he was just 16 years old. He drove race cars from 1995 to 2010 prior to transitioning to the role of crew chief for many successful teams. He began working with Nelson Motorsports in 2016 and has been a vital leader in the pits ever since. He has helped lead the team to multiple wins and championships during his tenure with the team. David is a full time fire fighter for the city of Durham, NC when he isn’t racing with Nelson Motorsports.