NASCAR hires Robin Pemberton’s replacement to oversee competition

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NASCAR announced Wednesday that Scott Miller, formerly Executive Vice President of Competition at Michael Waltrip Racing, has joined the sanctioning body as Senior Vice President of Competition.

He replaces Robin Pemberton, who had been with NASCAR since Aug. 2004.

Miller’s duties will include managing all competition efforts related to technology, inspection, rule development and officiating across NASCAR.

Miller will report to Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, and will 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 in a statement. “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.”

Miller spent the previous four seasons at MWR. Prior to that, he served in competition leadership roles at Richard Childress Racing. At RCR, he helped teams make the Chase while a crew chief and serving as Vice President of Competition. His best season as a crew chief came in 2008 with Jeff Burton, now an analyst for NBC Sports. Burton won twice that season and scored 18 top-10 finishes, finishing sixth in the points. Miller spent five years in IndyCar before joining Tri-Star Motorsports in 1995. He’s been in NASCAR since.

“I’m looking forward to using the experience I’ve gained working within teams in an entirely new way at NASCAR,” Miller said in a statement. “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.”