NASCAR names Scott Miller as VP of competition

Scott Miller, seen here in a 2013 file photo, is NASCAR’s new senior vice president of competition.
Scott Miller, seen here in a 2013 file photo, is NASCAR’s new senior vice president of competition. Getty Images

NASCAR moved quickly to name a new senior vice president of competition Wednesday, hiring Scott Miller to replace Robin Pemberton.

Miller comes to his new role from Michael Waltrip Racing, where he was executive vice president of competition. He will replace Pemberton, who is resigning at the end of the year.

Miller, 58, will be responsible for all of NASCAR’s competition efforts, including technology, inspection, rules and officiating.

“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.”

MWR teams qualified for the Chase in 2012, ’13 and ’15 during Miller’s four years with the organization. The team was also hit with substantial penalties for rules infractions during the 2013 and ’15 postseasons.

Miller is also a former crew chief and vice president of competition at Richard Childress Racing. He has six career victories as a crew chief, including two in 2008 with driver Jeff Burton. He was also crew chief for Ricky Craven in 2003, when Craven won the Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

“We’re pleased to have Scott, an executive with a wide range of racing experience, join our team,” NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said. “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.”