NASCAR moves Chad Little to inspection role; Elton Sawyer to lead Truck Series

Chad Little has been named NASCAR's managing director, technical inspection/officiating effective immediately. 

Jerry Markland

NASCAR announced Monday Chad Little has moved to a new role as managing director, technical inspection/officiating role for the 2015 season, while Elton Sawyer has been named managing director of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. 

"NASCAR recently has made significant investments in both the technical inspection and officiating areas of our sport," said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "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." 

Little, a former racer and former director of the Truck Series, will provide "high-level oversight" in each area of NASCAR’s technical inspection and officiating, including the sanctioning body’s new automated pit road officiating system. 

Sawyer is another former NASCAR racer that previously served as director of team operations for Action Express Racing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. 

"We’re pleased with the development of our competition team," said O’Donnell. "Chad and Elton will join the collaborative model already in place at the R&D Center. They will work very close with Gene Stefanyshyn and Robin Pemberton and the rest of our series directors to help NASCAR capitalize upon its strong momentum heading into the 2015 season."