Late in the week, NASCAR announced a chance within their management as Richard Buck will be the new Sprint Cup Series Managing Director. Buck will report directly to NASCAR’s Vice President of Competition and Racing Development – Robin Pemberton – on news within the series. Wayne Auton remains in charge of the Nationwide Series while Chad Little remains in charge of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“I’m eager and ready to pursue this unique opportunity to serve as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series managing director,” Buck said. “I appreciate the faith that NASCAR’s management team has entrusted in me for this role. As we prepare to launch the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, I’m thrilled to expand my role in the sport of NASCAR, and I look forward to helping the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition team continue to produce the best racing in the world.”
Buck’s past experience includes being the Vice President of Racing Operations for the International Motor Sports Association (ISMA) and Managing Director of NASCAR’s Touring Series. The Phoenix native worked as a crew chief in open-wheel from 1980 to 2000 before working with teams in all three NASCAR National series till 2005.
”Richard Buck has demonstrated a deep and unique knowledge of motorsports, and his versatility and innovative approach to competition should serve the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage extremely well,” NASCAR President Mike Helton said. “His wide range of expertise will be of great benefit to our premier series. NASCAR is in the midst of exciting change in the Competition area, and Buck will be instrumental in providing us with fresh insights and implementing many of the changes in the years ahead.”
John Darby has held the position of Managing Director for the Sprint Cup Series the past 12 years. Darby will remain in NASCAR as managing director of Competition. Darby will be responsible for incorporating more technology and innovation into the Sprint Cup Series through NASCAR’s work at their Research and Development Center.
NASCAR also announced that Brad Moran will become NASCAR’s Touring Series Managing Director.