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NASCAR honors those behind the scenes 

January 08, 2013, NASCAR Official Press Release,

NASCAR recognized industry leaders in track services, safety and security at the annual NASCAR Track Services Summit.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --  From Homestead to Las Vegas, a bevy of NASCAR awards have been given out in the past two months. And this past weekend, a few more accolades were distributed to a number of industry personnel who are integral to every NASCAR race weekend. 

These individuals perfect their craft behind the scenes, and earlier this week, NASCAR recognized industry leaders in track services, safety and security at the annual NASCAR Track Services Summit held in Concord, N.C. 

Several awards were handed out to honorees who displayed excellence in their respective fields during the 2012 NASCAR race season. The highlight of the awards presentation was the recognition of the Jim Bockoven Track Services Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Jerry Petty of Charlotte Motor Speedway and Carolinas Medical Center. Petty was recognized for his pioneering efforts in the field of track safety and for his decades of service to the motorsports community.

Daytona International Speedway won the Track Services Teamwork Award for their interdisciplinary cooperation between fire, EMS, cleanup, track services and engineering crews to contain the large blaze that ensued after a jet dryer was involved in an on-track incident during a caution period during the Daytona 500.

Another group of medical personnel recognized for their teamwork was the Infield Care Center at Kansas Speedway. Medical director Dr. Dennis Allin and Nursing Director Rick Blevins, both from Kansas University Medical Center, led a group that was given the Teamwork Award by the NASCAR Medical Liaison Department.

Other award winners included:

TRACK SERVICES MISSION AWARD … Ruben Rayneri, Homestead-Miami Speedway

TRACK SERVICES INNOVATION AWARD Robert Garland, Darlington Raceway (pictured above, right)

EXCELLENCE IN TRACK SERVICES AWARD … Jay Donnay, Homestead-Miami Speedway


NASCAR SECURITY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE … Billie Hodges, Talladega Superspeedway



(Nursing Director Award) … Shelby Lash, Homestead-Miami Speedway

(Above and Beyond Award)  … Michelle Robertson, New Hampshire Motor Speedway

The annual NASCAR Summit serves as the only annual meeting for representatives from the facilities hosting NASCAR events. The summit addresses topics related to operations, large-event/venue security, access control, risk management, training, fire suppression, extrication and emergency medical services. 

Over the course of the three-day Summit, employees and volunteers come together to share experiences and gain additional knowledge regarding their roles in operations, fire and safety, medical, security and other fields at their respective tracks. 

NASCAR welcomed representatives from all tracks that host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing as well as NASCAR Home Tracks that host developmental series events.


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