Red Horse Racing team manager Randy Usher has been a fixture in the motorsports industry for four decades. He joined Red Horse Racing in February 2014. Most notably, he worked for Joe Nemechek from 1999 to 2013 at NEMCO Motorsports, first as a tire carrier and later as the team’s manager.
The list of teams and drivers that Usher has worked with over the years is long and very distinguished. He first entered the sport as a pit crew member working for a number of different teams. Early in his career he worked for team owner Jim Testa with driver Lennie Pond (1980); and then with drivers Mike Alexander and Donnie Allison; Sadler Racing with Sterling Marlin behind the wheel; and at Sacks Racing with Greg Sacks. He also crossed paths with notable crew chiefs such as Raymond Kelly, Larry McReynolds, Richard Broome, Bill Ingle, Brian Pattie, Eric Phillips, Wally Rogers, Gary Putnam, Phillipe Lopez, Steve Gray, Gary Cogswell, Randy Cox, Paul Clapprood and Wes Ward. While a “weekend warrior” in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Usher also owned and managed a local auto parts store in Lancaster, South Carolina, where he was born and raised.
As his career advanced, he joined Kenny Bernstein’s King Racing, with Joe Ruttman, Morgan Shepherd, Ricky Rudd and Brett Bodine behind the wheel. Rudd later recruited him to join Rudd Performance Motorsports. In the mid to late 90’s, he continued to work as a tire carrier for Sabco Racing owned by Felix Sebates, working with Robbie Gordon, Joe Nemechek, and reuniting with Sterling Marlin, Brett Bodine Racing, and later again with Nemechek at NEMCO Motorsports.
His years of hard work were recognized by Nemechek, who hired the South Carolina native when NEMCO Motorsports returned to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in 1999. Usher held a number of positions, ultimately serving as general manager. Following his work at NEMCO, in 2013 Usher moved to the role of manager of operations at NASCAR Xfinity Series team TriStar Motorsports, working with drivers such as Mike Bliss, Eric McClure, Chad Hackenbracht, Hal Martin and Cole Whitt.
In addition to his time in motorsports and the auto parts industry, Usher also served in the Army National Guard from 1970-1976 in the 3rd Battalion 178th Artillery Division.