At the 18th annual NASCAR Safety and Operations Summit presented by American Medical Response earlier this week, a group of Homestead-Miami Speedway track service professionals were recognized for their efforts during the 2017 season.

Senior Director of Facility Operations Jay Donnay and Track Manager Jason Payne were presented the Innovation Award for their work with the Buffalo Turbine project. In addition, Director of Security and Access Jay Fraioli was among a group of 12 individuals who received an award for Excellence in Security.  

The Buffalo Turbine is a cold air blower which provides a new cleaning option for race tracks and significantly increases efficiency from a time and cost standpoint. In 2018, the Buffalo Turbine will be used at all 12 International Speedway Corporation tracks as a complement to the Air Titan, which now will be solely focused on drying the track.

“The accolades we received during the summit are a true testament to the hard work and commitment of our operations department,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “As industry leaders, we will continue to find new and innovative ways to provide a fun, safe and efficient experience for fans and industry members.”

The three-day conference, held at the Concord (North Carolina) Convention Center, featured numerous presentations and small-group seminars that addressed best practices in the safety, track services, medical and security functional areas. 

The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will kick off the 2018 season with the Advance Auto Parts Clash on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Daytona International Speedway. The 60th running of The Great American Race, the Daytona 500, is scheduled for Sunday, February 18. Both races will be broadcast live on FOX, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.