Previously, Pemberton was a crew chief for several NASCAR teams over the course of 17 years, heading teams for Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and Kyle Petty. Pemberton was field manager for Ford Racing immediately prior to being named VP of Competition.
Pemberton began his NASCAR career as a mechanic and fabricator with Petty Enterprises in 1979, becoming a crew chief in 1984. He moved to Roush Racing at its inception in 1987, then moved to Penske Racing South in 1995. Pemberton was Wallace’s crew chief for 230 races, which had been the longest driver/crew chief combination in NASCAR. He returned to Petty to serve as general manager in 2002. He now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, the capital of NASCAR. He has two sons, Bray and Briggs
His brother Ryan Pemberton was Mark Martin‘s crew chief in 2007. Martin and Kevin Harvick were battling for the win on the final lap of the 2007 Daytona 500. The race ended under caution flag when a big wreck happened on that final lap. Robin Pemberton determined the exact moment that the caution flag was displayed, which resulted in Harvick being declared the winner. “We [Robin and Ryan Pemberton] keep the business part separate,” Ryan Pemberton said. “We don’t put ourselves in position to do that. I don’t call him to talk to him about it. I don’t ask him any questions.”