2002 Staff reorganization announcement

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- NASCAR president Mike Helton announced the expected staff reorganization today, October 20th, effective for 2002 racing season. The move of Gary Nelson has been mentioned several times during the 2001 season, as has the start...

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- NASCAR president Mike Helton announced the expected staff reorganization today, October 20th, effective for 2002 racing season.

The move of Gary Nelson has been mentioned several times during the 2001 season, as has the start of the NASCAR Research and Development Center. Nelson will be the Director of Competition Manager. His job will consist of on-track activities and rules plus off-track research and development programs.

Assisting Nelson at the R&D center will be former veteran Winston Cup crew chief Joe Garone, who has been named Research and Development, Director.

Nelson's position as Winston Cup, Director will now be turned over to the capable hands of John Darby. Darby has held the same position for the Busch Series for the past three years. For Winston Cup, Darby will oversee all matters of competition, including rule enforcement, and will be charge of all officials at the track.

Brian DeHart will replace Darby as Busch Series, Director. DeHart brings a number of years of experience to the job as he has been a tech inspector who has moved up the ladder over the years. The Director of Craftsman Truck Series will remain Wayne Auton.

Managing Director of Business Operations will be Kevin Triplett where he will focus on schedules, sanctions, credentials, timing and scoring procedures, plan development, point fund management and other business related items. Triplett was the Director of Operations for the past three year.

"Really, this just gives us more minds, and we need those minds for three reasons: safety, cost containment and working on the car of the future," said Jim Hunter, Vice President Corporate Communication.

"We've had too many people spread too thin. It will take some time, but within a year I think you'll see dramatic results. Gary (Nelson) has been too concerned with little things. Now, with the help of these guys, he can concentrate on the big picture", added Hunter.

"We're very pleased with the talent we've been able to put together," Helton said. "We think this creates the strongest competition department in motorsports, certainly the strongest competition department NASCAR's ever had."

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Drivers Mike Helton , Jim Hunter