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MILLER NAMED NASCAR SR. VP OF COMPETITION

 

NASCAR announced today that Scott Miller has joined the organization as Senior Vice President of Competition, responsible for managing all competition efforts related to technology, inspection, rule development and officiating across NASCAR’s wide portfolio of racing.

Miller 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.

Miller most recently served as Executive Vice President of Competition at Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). There he was responsible for managing all areas of competition. During his four-year tenure, MWR teams qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

NASCAR RACKS UP BIG NUMBERS IN 2015 FINALE

 

The sport fittingly crowned a first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch, in what was a transformational season that saw the championship format produce a series of records, milestones and firsts on and off the track.

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Race on NBC and NBCSN was the most-watched finale since 2005 – peaking with nearly 12.4 million average viewers. This concluded a successful first season of the largest and most lucrative television partnerships in NASCAR history with FOX and NBC.

A record number of fans consumed NASCAR through digital and 

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: YOU GOT YOUR STAKEHOLDERS, AND YOU GOT YOUR BEERHOLDERS

    

Memories. Each NASCAR season has them. Some are wonderful. Some are blunderful. Some are awful. Some are unlawful. Some are amusing. Some are accusing. Some are boring, and with that comes snoring.

But boring races don't provide memories. Rain delays do.

PEMBERTON LEAVES NASCAR POST

 


​NASCAR announced today that Senior Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton will leave the organization at the end of 2015.

With a racing career that has spanned five decades, Pemberton joined the sanctioning body in August of 2004. Since that time, he has overseen all areas of NASCAR competition and been credited as a key component in bridging the gap between the sanctioning body and the racing community.

“Robin has left an indelible mark on the sport while at NASCAR,” said NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton. “He joined us at a critical time and very quickly gave our highly visible competition group the credibility and confidence it needed to be successful with the industry. He traded a successful career as a competitor to help lead the sport for 12 seasons. We’re extremely grateful for his many contributions.”

CP MOTORSPORTS: TOM HIGGINS: WHEN DALE EARNHARDT TOOK THE 1980 TITLE

 

Dramatic NASCAR finales of yore flash to mind as the 2015 season came to a conclusion at Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend.

Ranking extremely high among those of the past is the 1980 battle between the tough veteran driver Cale Yarborough and a brash relative newcomer, Dale Earnhardt.

CP MOTORSPORTS – MONTE DUTTON: ‘… AND, OH, WHAT HEIGHTS WE’LL HIT! ON WITH THE SHOW, THIS IS IT!’

    

At this point, each year, I recall the words of future U.S. Senator John Blutarsky and adapt them to my agenda, just the way that politicians do.

Another year of NASCAR, down the drain. (Unlike Bluto, in an ancient movie called Animal House, I was among the few, the proud, those who didn't take seven years to get out of college.)

I actually spent 20 years chasing the circus, which moved from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey through Winston, Nextel and Sprint over the years. It became a Chase, a Sprint, a Chase for the Sprint and a Sprint for the Chase.

CP MOTORSPORTS – BLANEY, WOOD BROTHERS RETURNING TO FULL–TIME COMPETITION IN 2016

 

It's been a long road for the Wood Brothers in NASCAR. 

One of the most storied teams in motorsports history has faced it's lions share of trials and tribulations over the past seven years. It was in 2008 when team owners Eddie and Len Wood announced the legendary no. 21 team would no longer compete in the Sprint Cup series on a full time level. 

In a press conference Friday at Miami–Homestead Speedway, the team announced it would field a full time program for the 2016 season with Ryan Blaney behind the wheel.

CP MOTORSPORTS - BUSCH CRUISES TO VICTORY, CHAMPIONSHIP IN CUP FINALE

Kyle Busch had but one objective entering Sunday's Sprint Cup finale and defacto championship race from Homestead-Miami Speedway -- just win.

Busch was not going to be kept from his goal, the driver of the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota left his competition in the dust following the race's final restart with seven laps to go to clinch his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Busch won the title by just a single point, one position, over last season's champion Kevin Harvick. 

CP MOTORSPORTS: TOM HIGGINS: A MEMORY OF TEARS, FEARS AND JEERS

 

I remember the tears of Benny Parsons, the fears of Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt and the unjust jeers of Bill Elliott.

Also, I remember the relief of an elated Bobby Allison.

The emotions shown by these NASCAR stars all came forth during Cup Series season finales with coveted championships at stake.

As Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr. battle this Sunday to join Jeff Gordon in a four-driver fight for the prestigious, rich title in the season finale at Homestead, Fla., , recollections of past pressure-packed last-chances are in mind. Of all the championship chases I covered, the following five season finales are those I remember most:

CP MOTORSPORTS - LARSON BATTLES TO THE FINISH FOR WIN IN XFINITY FINALE

Kyle Larson hasn't visited victory lane in the Sprint Cup series yet but those who follow the sport know, it's only a matter of time.

Larson gained valuable experience during Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 from Homestead-Miami Speedway. Larson led 118 laps but fought at the end to regain the lead. The break for Larson came when then leader Austin Dillon appeared to make contact with the wall in the race's waning laps. 

Larson seemed to be the only driver who could find success in the track's high line, which is one of the many reasons which it's Larson's favorite track on the schedule.

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