NASCAR Names O’Donnell Chief Operating Officer, Kennedy Returns to Competition Team 


NASCAR has announced two key executive leadership moves, promoting Steve O’Donnell to chief operating officer and returning Ben Kennedy to the Competition team where he will assume a key leadership position as senior vice president, Racing Development & Strategy.

As COO, O’Donnell will continue to provide oversight of all NASCAR Competition and Racing Operations, while adding Track Operations and Strategic Development to his purview. With these added duties, all NASCAR-owned track properties, track presidents and respective events fall under O’Donnell’s responsibilities. 

In returning to NASCAR’s Competition team, Kennedy will maintain oversight of the national series schedule development, while assuming immediate oversight of Racing Operations, Track Services/Transportation/Officiating, Industry Relations and the NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series. He will work with O’Donnell in managing the areas of at-track competition and racing innovation.

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