Wayne Auton named director of NASCAR's Nationwide Series

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

NASCAR announced changes to its competition personnel Tuesday.

Wayne Auton, who has served as the Truck Series director since 1995, will take over as director of the Nationwide Series. Auton will continue to report to John Darby, managing director of competition and Sprint Cup Series director. Auton replaces Joe Balash, who will take a new position as international competition liaison.

Chad Little, currently NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour series director and director of racing development in Mexico, will replace Auton as Truck Series director. Little also will report to Darby.

Brad Moran, currently NASCAR Canadian Tire Series director, will take over as director of the NASCAR Touring series.

“We recently completed a thorough, strategic review of all of our racing series and believe the changes we’re announcing today will further strengthen our overall racing and offer us the best opportunity for growth,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition.