NASCAR: Chad Little, Elton Sawyer named to new competition roles

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Chad Little and Elton Sawyer have been named to new roles within NASCAR’s competition department, and will start on both immediately.

Little will become Managing Director, Technical Inspection/Officiating, with Sawyer now Managing Director, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Little, a former Sprint Cup and Xfinity driver earlier in his career, has moved into the competition and officiating side, most recently serving as Series Director in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Weekly/Touring Series.

Sawyer joins NASCAR after serving as Director of Team Operations for Action Express Racing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship governed by IMSA. Prior to that role, he held competition roles at Red Bull Racing and Evernham Motorsports.

“NASCAR recently has made significant investments in both the technical inspection and officiating areas of our sport,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer said in a release. “Those areas have become flagship examples of innovation, keeping NASCAR as a premier sport. Chad is an ideal candidate to provide oversight and lead us to further evolve in those critical areas.

“Similarly, we’re fortunate to have a professional in Elton, who has substantial experience across the racing industry, to direct the popular NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.”