NASCAR names new Cup Series managing director

NASCAR revealed on Wednesday that it has named Jay Fabian as the new managing director of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series, replacing Richard Buck, who was among those laid off last Friday.

Fabian's most recent post was managing director of technical integration at NASCAR, where he oversaw postrace technical inspection at the NASCAR research and development center in Concord, N.C.

"With his vast experience across the industry, Jay Fabian is uniquely suited for this position," Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said in a statement. "Jay’s steady leadership and depth of knowledge are tremendous assets that will greatly benefit the series and all of NASCAR."

Prior to joining the sanctioning body in April 2016, Fabian worked at Michael Waltrip Racing. During his 10-year tenure, MWR teams qualified for the NASCAR playoffs in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

"This is a fast-paced sport that is constantly evolving, and I’m thankful for this opportunity and eager to take on the challenge," Fabian said. "Racing has been my passion for as long as I can remember.

"There is growing anticipation for the 2019 season, and I’m looking forward to being a part of an outstanding team that will help build our sport."

Wayne Auton will continue as the Xfinity Series’ managing director, and Brad Moran will continue to serve in that role for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. All three will continue to report directly to Scott Miller — NASCAR's senior vice president of competition.

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