NASCAR names new VP of competition to replace Pemberton

NASCAR announced Wednesday that Scott Miller has joined the sanctioning body in the role of Senior Vice President of Competition.
NASCAR announced Wednesday that Scott Miller has joined the sanctioning body in the role of Senior Vice President of Competition.
NASCAR announced Wednesday that Scott Miller has joined the sanctioning body in the role of Senior Vice President of Competition.

NASCAR announced Wednesday that Scott Miller has joined the sanctioning body in the role of Senior Vice President of Competition. The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the current Senior Vice President of Competition, Robin Pemberton, said he will leave the organization at the end of 2015.

Scott joins NASCAR after being in the sport for over 20 years. He began racing motorcycles in 1969 moving from two wheels to four in the early 1980s. He came to NASCAR in 1983 as an owner-driver in NASCAR’s Winston West division where he scored two poles, one win and six top-five finishes. Scott also made six starts in NASCAR’s Cup series from1981-1984. He spent five years as mechanic in IndyCar before returning to NASCAR as a suspension specialist at Tri-Star Motorsports. His return to NASCAR landed the Bardstown, Ky., native at Richard Childress Racing.  While at Childress, he helped lead teams into the NASCAR championship Chase as both a crew chief and while serving as the Vice President of Competition. As a crew chief, Miller had his most successful season in 2008 when he led veteran Jeff Burton to two wins, seven top-five and 18 top-10 finishes ending the season with a sixth-place championship points finish. In all, the Bardstown, Ky., native has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins as a crew chief. In 2009

Scott was named Director of Competition at Richard Childress Racing. Three years later he was appointed in the same position for Michael Waltrip Racing. That organization announced earlier this season that it would be shutting down at the end of 2015.

“I’m looking forward to using the experience I’ve gained working within teams in an entirely new way at NASCAR,” Miller said. “Our sport has evolved quickly over the last several seasons through advanced technology and its creative application in the garage area. We will strive to continue this forward momentum while assuring a level playing field and competitive racing. It’s a challenging opportunity and a logical next step for me. I can’t wait to get started.”

He moved to the executive side of the sport in 2009 being named Director of Competition at Richard Childress Racing. Three years later he was appointed in the same position for Michael Waltrip Racing. That organization announced earlier this season that it would be shutting down at the end of 2015.

In his new role Scott will be responsible for managing all competition efforts related to technology, inspection, rule development and officiating across NASCAR’s wide portfolio of racing. He will report directly to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, and work closely with Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn. All three are based at NASCAR’s Research & Development Center in Concord, N.C.

“We’re pleased to have Scott, an executive with a wide range of racing experience, join our team,” O’Donnell said. “He will be an immediate asset to NASCAR, our teams and each of our national series. Scott has worked in a collaborative spirit throughout his career, and represents the forward-looking approach we celebrate within our competition team.”

(Originally published on Examiner.com)

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