SPEEDWAY STAFF RECEIVE NASCAR AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

NASCAR Awards

Jay Donnay, a 15-year speedway veteran, plays an integral role in the strategic oversight and direction of all 280-plus events at Homestead-Miami Speedway along with lending a hand at Daytona, Darlington and Talladega (Photo courtesy of Homestead-Miami Speedway)

Homestead-Miami Speedway has been recognized nationally for its safety practices. NASCAR conferred a trio of awards to Homestead-Miami Speedway team members during its annual summit.  The three employees: Longtime Director of Facility Operations Jay Donnay, Shelby Lash R.N. and Safety Training Coordinator Ruben Rayneri. A total of 12 awards were handed out in Concord, North Carolina.

Each award is largely in recognition of their commitment to excellent service at Homestead-Miami Speedway during NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend.

“We are thrilled for Jay, Shelby and Ruben for winning these prestigious honors,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “Our track services practices are regarded within the industry and it’s wonderful to be recognized by our peers.”

The NASCAR Summit is a yearly meeting for representatives from the facilities hosting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. At the summit, employees and volunteers share experiences, discuss best practices and gain additional knowledge regarding their roles in operations, fire and safety, medical services, security and other fields.
 
Donnay was named the recipient of Excellence in Track Services Award.  This honor is presented annually to the individual who has made significant contributions to the improvement of track services at a single track over the course of a career spanning 15 years or more.  A 15-year speedway veteran, Donnay plays an integral role in the strategic oversight and direction of all 280-plus events held at the track each year. In addition, Donnay lends his expertise to Daytona International Speedway, Darlington Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway during their race weekends each year.

Lash has been recognized with the Nursing Director Award. This November will mark her 13th year as nursing director at Homestead-Miami Speedway’s infield care center.

Lash is a registered nurse for Jackson Health Systems and teaches advanced life-support classes for Baptist Health Systems. As a volunteer in the early 1990s, she began applying her knowledge to race tracks, having worked in the areas of critical care, emergency, special procedures, peri-operative services and orthopedics.

Ruben Rayneri was awarded the Track Services Mission Award. It’s presented annually to an individual that goes above and beyond in support of the track services team’s mission – which is to improve the safety of all, at every NASCAR event, through advanced continuing education, qualified training and support for all track services personnel. As an 11-year veteran, Rayneri serves as the training coordinator for the Track Services Team, where he oversees classes and curriculum for team members in the areas of fire, emergency medical services (EMS), recovery, clean up and restoration.

Rayneri, a certified NASCAR instructor, also works at Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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