On Tuesday, NASCAR announced the departure of Robin Pemberton from the post of Senior Vice President of Competition, a post that he had held since 2004. In addition to overseeing multiple changes in the chassis raced in Sprint Cup, he was responsible for overseeing changes in officiating and inspection, not to mention the man responsible for the phrase, “Boys, have at it,” that has encapsulated on-track action for the last six years.
It did not take NASCAR long to tap Pemberton’s replacement.
On Wednesday, NASCAR officially announced that Scott Miller will take over the post of Senior Vice President of Competition. In his new role, Miller will be responsible for managing rule development, technology, inspection and officiating.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, is pleased to have Miller in his new role, which he will personally oversee.
“We’re pleased to have Scott, an executive with a wide range of racing experience, join our team,” O’Donnell stated in NASCAR’s official press release. “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.”
For Miller, the move marks a move away from 21 years working with various teams in the Sprint Cup Series. He’s excited for the future.
“I’m looking forward to using the experience I’ve gained working within teams in an entirely new way at NASCAR,” Miller stated. “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.”
Previously, Miller served as the Executive Vice President of Competition at now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing. Prior to that, Miller spent time at Richard Childress Racing, first as a crew chief for Jeff Burton, then as a Director of Competition. He first entered the Cup Series with TriStar Racing (now TriStar Motorsports) in 1995.
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