Brent Dewar named President of NASCAR

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Brent Dewar has been promoted to the role of President of NASCAR, becoming just the fourth person named to the role in the sport’s history.

NASCAR confirmed on Thursday that Dewar has been promoted from his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO), one he’d held since December 2013. Dewar becomes the first company president since 2015, when Mike Helton was promoted to Vice Chairman of NASCAR after serving his presidential role for 15 years.

Other former presidents include NASCAR founder Bill France, who held the position from 1948 until 1972, and his son Bill France Jr. The duo combined to take two positions in the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“Brent has helped lead a cultural transformation at NASCAR,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said in a statement. “From collaborating with team owners to building the charter framework; to partnering with tracks, auto manufacturers, entitlement sponsors, and broadcasters to deliver better racing and a more dynamic fan experience; he has spearheaded some of the most impactful enhancements NASCAR has implemented in its history. I couldn’t be more thrilled about the impact Brent has had on our industry and I am confident he will continue to help serve and grow our sport for many years to come.”

Dewar’s move shouldn’t see many changes to his role within the company. Dewar will continue to serve on NASCAR’s board of directors. Both chief marketing office Steve Phelps and chief racing development office Steve O’Donnell will continue to report to Dewar.

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