Childress Named NASCAR Camping World Series East Director; Brings Nearly 20 Years Of Racing Experience To The Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 22, 2008) -- Kip Childress has been named the NASCAR Camping World Series East Director.

As series director of the NASCAR Camping World Series East, Childress' return to NASCAR will be with a series that has seen significant growth in popularity and national affiliation in recent years. Childress was an official with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during its first five years of existence from 1995-2000.

"I'm very excited to rejoin the NASCAR family," Childress said. "The NASCAR Camping World Series East is an excellent proving ground and I look forward to working with the teams and competitors."

A third-generation NASCAR official, Childress has been associated with motorsports throughout his life. His grandfather, Gaither, served as Chief Steward at various tracks, including Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. His father, Lance, served in a number of capacities for NASCAR for two decades.

A resident of Lexington, N.C., Childress got his start with NASCAR as a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series official at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C. Childress, 38, also officiated at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C., before joining the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series toward the end of its inaugural season in 1995.

In 2000, Childress stepped away from officiating, but worked within the motorsports industry until this appointment.

Childress replaces Les Westerfield, who served as interim series director in 2008. Westerfield will return to his previous position as race director for the NASCAR Camping World Series West.

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