NASCAR has changed the competition directors as it modifies some of the leadership positions. Chad Little will be new director for the Camping World Truck Series while Wayne Auton will be the new director of the Nationwide Series. Wayne Auton used to be the director for the Truck Series, but he will get a new job because Joe Balash is moving from the Nationwide Series to the international competition department. NASCAR’s version of musical chairs has shifted some of the employees around, but the organization claims it will make the 2013 season better.
NASCAR Makes Changes for Next Season
There are actually four employees who will have different roles in 2013. Wayne Auton is leaving the Camping World Truck Series to become the competition director for the Nationwide Series. Chad Little is leaving the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series to become the competition director for the Camping World Truck Series. Joe Balash is leaving the Nationwide Series to become the International Competition Liaison. Finally, Brad Moran is leaving the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series to join the Touring Series.
NASCAR claims that all of these changes were necessary after reviewing the organization and finding a “great deal of depth in our series director leadership roles.” It claims that they will “further strengthen our overall racing” and improve relationships next year. All of these modifications will go into effect in 2013. John Darby, who is the competition director for the Sprint Cup, seems to be the only one who is not affected. His role will not change next season.
Why is NASCAR Making Changes for 2013?
NASCAR’s decision to move the same people around and simply place them in different departments is being questioned by fans. Although the organization is not likely to provide clear answers, it claims that this will help grow the sport. Part of the changes may be related to NASCAR’s goal of increasing its presence in other markets. Balash’s new role as the International Competition Liaison may be more significant than expected. NASCAR is rumored to be interested in expanding beyond North America while trying to maintain current competitions.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.