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Robin Pemberton to Leave NASCAR at End of 2015

NASCAR announced on Tuesday that current Senior Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton will leave the NASCAR organization at the end of the year. Pemberton joined the sport nearly five decades ago and has worked in numerous positions over the course of his career.

One of the things Pemberton has done since joining the sanctioning body in 2004 was closing the gap between them and everyone in the racing community. Mike Helton and the rest of the organization is grateful for his contributions over the last twelve seasons.

“Robin has left an indelible mark on the sport while at NASCAR,” said NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton in a release. “He joined us at a critical time and very quickly gave our highly visible competition group the credibility and confidence it needed to be successful with the industry. He traded a successful career as a competitor to help lead the sport for 12 seasons. We’re extremely grateful for his many contributions.”

Pemberton also helped introduce the new Generation-6 style body in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013. The package for that car has made many of improvements over the last three seasons and will return in 2016. The style of the car improves the safety of the driver behind the wheel. He also helped introduce Electronic Fuel Injection and Sunoco’s E15 Ethanol blend of race fuels to competition.

Pemberton is already looking forward to the next challenge in whichever capacity that will be.

“I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish during my time at NASCAR,” Pemberton said in a release. “This sport has been my entire professional career and working with all the competitors and the auto manufacturers for the last 12 seasons has been a thrill. I feel good knowing that the work this team has done has had a positive impact on the sport. I look forward to the next challenge.”

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Tim S.

Though he was far from unique in his transition from top-shelf competitor to rubberstamp corporate yes-man, no one was better than ol’ Rob at telling the fans they were wrong, or that they didn’t see what they think they saw. Conformists and rebels alike will miss ya, buddy.


Well said. He says he looks forward to the next challenge but doesn’t say what it is. I think it should be writing a book with a bunch of truths in it to help cleanse himself. I don’t read books but would definitely consider reading that.


Buh-Bye. Shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.


Maybe he couldn’t take being Brian’s toady anymore.

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