Richard Buck Named NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director

NASCAR announced Thursday that Richard Buck will take over as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series managing director.

Sprint Cup Series LogoBuck takes over the role filled by John Darby over the last 12 years. Darby will remain with NASCAR as managing director, competition.

Buck currently serves as vice president, racing operations for the International Motor Sports Association. He will maintain that position through the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona Jan. 25-26. Back has also been serving as the managing director of NASCAR’s Touring Series’

“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 in a release. “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.”

Buck, a Phoenix native, spent 20 years in various management position in open wheel racing from 1980 to 2000. He joined NASCAR in 2005.

“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.”

Brad Moran will replace Buck as NASCAR’s managing director of Touring Series’.

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