Jefferson Hodges, a native of Williamsburg, Va., has been with Rev Racing for 18 months as Director of Competition, overseeing the organization’s four NASCAR K&N Pro Series, two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model and Legend Car Series teams.
Hodges has raced for a living for 18 years. He attended his first race when he was two years old at Martinsville Speedway and grew up working on racecars at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. Hodges first paying job in motorsports came in 1995 at Townsend Racing Products in Richmond, Va. He credits Rick Townsend with providing him with the baseline of knowledge that has enabled his success in racing. In 1998, Hodges worked with Junie Donlevy and Dick Trickle as a shock specialist and front tire changer. By 2001, he was winning a Late Model Stock race as a crew chief with Morty Buckles at Coastal Plains Speedway. Buckles was one of the original members of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program and delivered the program it’s first win. In 2003, Hodges won the Whelen All-American Series National Championship with driver Mark McFarland. The following year, Hodges moved to Charlotte, NC to run Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Late Model program with continued success providing him the opportunity to become the first crew chief for Jr. Motorsports’ newly formed Nationwide team, also driven by McFarland.
Since then, Hodges has climbed the professional ranks as a crew chief in ARCA, Nationwide and Trucks with drivers Steve Parks, Mike Skinner, Steve Arpin, Kevin Swindell and Kevin Conway.
His combined on track success includes a National Championship and 2 Regional Championships in Late Model Stocks, 3 track championships, as well as poles and wins as a car chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Phil Horton is currently the pit crew coach for the Drive for Diversity Crew Member Development program presented by Sprint, as well as the strength and conditioning coach for Rev Racing. Horton got his start in NASCAR as a personal trainer for former driver Ernie Irvin. Horton’s clientele soon broadened to include pit crew athletes, as well as eight other NASCAR drivers and 12 race teams over the span of seven years.
Over the years, Horton has developed his own coaching philosophy for the pit crew athletes who service the race cars and has enjoyed tremendous success as a pit crew coach and athletic trainer in the industry.
Horton, an accomplished high school athlete, graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 1983 with a degree in Health and Physical Education/Sports Medicine and continued academic studies in the graduate program at Michigan State University. During his time at Michigan State, he was also employed as a Grad Assistant Football Athletic Trainer. In 1985, Horton was hired at Florida A&M University as its first certified Head Athletic Trainer.
In 1990, Horton continued his career as the Head Football Athletic Trainer at Memphis State University, today known as University of Memphis. With a growing desire to pursue a career in professional athletics, he left Memphis to become the Assistant Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach with the NBA Milwaukee Bucks from 1991 to 1996.
Shortly after leaving the Bucks, Horton returned to North Carolina and his private athletic training practice and began his work in NASCAR.