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Richard Buck replaces John Darby as Sprint Cup Series director

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Richard Buck is the new director of the Sprint Cup Series.

Buck replaces John Darby, who had served as the Cup Series managing director for the past 12 seasons. Darby will remain with NASCAR as a managing director for competition. Buck is currently a vice president for IMSA, which is the sanctioning body for American sports car racing and will assume his new role with NASCAR following the TUDOR United SportsCar Series Rolex 24.

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 statement. “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.”

He won five Indianapolis 500s as a crew chief with four different drivers; Rick Mears, Al Unser Sr., Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi.

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