Ben Kennedy to be leader in truck series but NASCAR has more changes to come

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ben Kennedy will move from driver to general manager of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, according to information provided to Kickin’ the Tires but other changes are coming, as well, including the transition of Jim Cassidy to Chief International Officer.

“Jim brings nearly two decades of racing operations and industry leadership experience,” said Executive VP Steve O’Donnell. “He has worked tirelessly to grow our existing motorsports properties outside of the U.S and will lead our efforts to identify important growth opportunities internationally for our sport and its growing fanbase.”

Cassidy’s role will oversee “all international competition and commercial operations” to continue the sport’s success internationally. Already major in-roads have been accomplished in China and his goal will be to continue to build the three existing international brands – NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada, NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and the NASCAR Whelan Euro Series.

Cassidy will be joined by Chad Sigler, who will be the new Vice President of International Business Development.

A press release from NASCAR, shortly after being reported by Kickin’ the Tires stated the international team will also consist of, “Celeste Griffin-Churchill in the new position of Senior Director, International, Joe Balash in his current role as Director, International Competition and Bob Duvall in his position as Senior Director, International & Weekly/Touring Business Development.”

As for Kennedy, he will oversee all aspects of the truck series and work with the current management staff to increase its reach. He will report to Elton Sawyer and work closely with O’Donnell and Chief Global Sales and Marketing Officer Steve Phelps.

“Ben will draw upon his years of experience across NASCAR’s grassroots and national series to bring valuable commercial and competition insights to our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Brent Dewar, President, NASCAR. “With promising young drivers and experienced veterans battling it out in close, side-by-side racing, Ben truly understands from experience that every lap matters and we are excited about his future leadership in this important national series.”

6 Comments

  1. Mike Ray

    January 30, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Excellent, so proud of Ben. Good luck to all in their new positions, work hard, have fun!

  2. Dennis

    January 30, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Hope this is the first step towards Ben eventually assuming Brain’s job. We need someone who is a racer in the top position.

    • Sol Shine

      January 31, 2018 at 10:17 am

      We need someone who knows how to run a business in the entertainment industry in the top position. Clearly, there’s not one there now.

  3. Eddie Oakley

    January 30, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I hope they trash the idea of spec motors they need to stick with manufacturer engine for each truck. I haven’t watched a ARCA race since they went to the spec engine.

  4. Sol Shine

    January 31, 2018 at 10:16 am

    And his management background that earned him this (besides being Lisa’s son) is what? This is insanity. Another nail in the coffin, another bolt driven out of the hull, down goes the ship further in the water.

    • Jerry Jordan

      February 12, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Actually, he has a degree in Sports Management from the University of Florida. – Jerry Jordan, Editor

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